May 31, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron during the 2014 NFLPA Rookie Premiere at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions Do Not Have The Cap Space To Sign Eric Ebron


The Detroit Lions first-round draft pick, tight end Eric Ebron is the lone draftee that remains unsigned as of Wednesday of this week. With less than $1 million in cap space available, the Lions do not have enough space at this time to sign the former North Carolina Tar Heel, reports MLive.com. The Lions will have some work to do in order to get a deal done for Ebron.

Available options for the Lions include extending the almost exorbitant contract of defensive tackle, Ndamukong Suh who is set to make $22.4 million in 2014. Suh has stated that he would like to remain in Detroit and has instructed his agent, Jimmy Sexton to work on negotiations with the organization. How close the two sides are on terms at this point however, remains unclear.

Head coach Jim Caldwell is hopeful to have Ebron signed before training camp begins.

“We’ll work through it and it’ll get done,” Caldwell told reporters Thursday before appearing at a “Big Brothers Big Sisters” benefit dinner in Kalamazoo. “It will get done when it’s supposed to get done, and hopefully it happens so it doesn’t infringe upon the start of training camp.”

The other option the Lions have is restructuring veteran wide receiver, Calvin Johnson‘s current contract, if an extension with Suh fails to transpire. Johnson is set to count for $13.1 millions against the cap this year.

“”We fully anticipate it will get done. It’s a bit different now days because they’re all slotted and there’s not a whole lot of wiggle room. I think it will get done in a reasonable time.” – Head coach, Jim Caldwell

When Ebron’s deal does eventually occur it will be a four-year deal worth about $12.3 million and count $2.2 million against this year’s cap.

Tags: Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions Eric Ebron Ndamukong Suh

  • Herman Moore

    It’s not an issue. They can restructure any number of vets to gain a couple mil in cap space. Suh’s contract is hardly “exorbitant”. He is set to earn $22 mil only because of past restructuring (twice). There’s no reason to believe he will not help his team again.

    • Nate Williams

      I agree that they will get a deal done, most likely with Suh. I see your point too as far as his contract being “exorbitant”. It was just my opinion.

  • straw walker

    The Lions need more cap space than just to sign Ebron, There will be a number of good players cut as the rooster has to get down to 53 from the current 90

    • Nate Williams

      Coming into training camp, each team is allowed to stock its roster with 90 players. Anybody on the physically unable to perform list or injured reserve doesn’t count toward that number. However, once they return, someone must be cut to make room.

      On Aug. 27 by 4 p.m. ET, teams must trim rosters to 75 players. Usually these cuts are without much intrigue, as it’s mostly guys who were signed as camp fodder to begin with. These releases happen two days before the final preseason games for each team, on Aug. 29.

      Two days after that, on Aug. 31 by 6 p.m. ET, teams make the truly tough decisions, and cut the roster down to the final 53 players.