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 Lions Players that could/should renegotiate 
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Post Lions Players that could/should renegotiate
OK guys (and gals) here goes:

Dan Wilkinson-Current contract runs through 2006
Calls for a 2005 salary of $2,125,000 with SB allocated at $375,000
Calls for a 2006 salary of $2,400,000 with SB allocated at $375,000

I propose the Lions renegotiate with Dan and give him a contract extension of two years. Give him a signing bonus of $2,000,000 and alter his contract salary structure in this way:

Calls for a 2005 salary of $ 750,000 with SB allocated at $875,000
Calls for a 2006 salary of $1,000,000 with SB allocated at $875,000
Calls for a 2007 salary of $1,500,000 with SB allocated at $500,000
Calls for a 2008 salary of $1,500,000 with SB allocated at $500,000

With this structure, his cap number goes from $2,500,000 this year to $1,625,000. It may not seem like much, but it would add up with the following contract renegotiation proposal:

Dre' Bly-Current contract runs through 2007
Calls for a 2005 salary of $4,000,000 with SB allocated at $1,300,000
Calls for a 2006 salary of $3,800,000 with SB allocated at $1,300,000
Calls for a 2007 salary of $4,200,000 with SB allocated at $1,300,000

I propose that the Lions renegotiate Bly's deal and reduce his salary this year and extend the contract by another year. They could give him a signing bonus of $4,000,000 and the contract would be structured:

Calls for a 2005 salary of $1,000,000 with SB allocated at $2,300,000
Calls for a 2006 salary of $3,300,000 with SB allocated at $2,300,000
Calls for a 2007 salary of $3,700,000 with SB allocated at $2,300,000
Calls for a 2008 salary of $4,000,000 with SB allocated at $1,000,000

This would take $3,000,000 of his existing salary plus $500,000 from his next two years salaries and put them into a signing bonus. His cap number gets reduced in 2005 by $2,000,000.

As for player cuts, it would actually make better financial sense to cut Jared DeVries than to cut Kalimba Edwards. DeVries cut would save the team $750,000 where Edwards will save the team only $490,000. Of the two, DeVries is the more valuable player. But DeVries is mainly a run stopper and we have plenty of defensive ends that fit that role. If Edwards shows some ability to get to the QB in training camp, he needs to stay as a situational pass rusher with a small cap number.

Other potential renegotiated contracts:
Joey Harrington
Earl Holmes
Jason Hanson

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May 18th, 2005, 11:31 am
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m2karateman wrote:
...As for player cuts, it would actually make better financial sense to cut Jared DeVries than to cut Kalimba Edwards. DeVries cut would save the team $750,000 where Edwards will save the team only $490,000. Of the two, DeVries is the more valuable player. But DeVries is mainly a run stopper and we have plenty of defensive ends that fit that role. If Edwards shows some ability to get to the QB in training camp, he needs to stay as a situational pass rusher with a small cap number.

Other potential renegotiated contracts:
Joey Harrington
Earl Holmes
Jason Hanson


I agree with this.

Edwards could still develop into (or become again) a decent pass rusher. He's still young. DeVries is 29 or so and has reached his maximum potential.


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Who are you planning to sign with all this extra cap money?

From what I've heard the Lions' cap situation is fine.


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Why would you want to cut DeVries and keep Edwards? DeVries is much better situational player than Edwards IMO.

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lionsfanforlife wrote:
Why would you want to cut DeVries and keep Edwards? DeVries is much better situational player than Edwards IMO.



It's not that I would want DeVries cut; but if the choice is him or Edwards - I keep Edwards.

Because:

1) Edwards at his best (his 1st year) is by far a superior player to DeVries.

2) At age 26, Edwards may get to that point again. DeVries is as good as he'll ever be.


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Edwards don't play ST's though, does he?

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None of this makes any sense unless the Lions are planning to add players. Otherwise the Ford's are just giving away signing bonus money and putting themselves in a worse cap situation for 2-3 years from now when we should be more competitive.
BTW DeVries tries hard but his talent is marginal. Hopefully Swancutt or Cody can beat him out by 2006...


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