Lions now looking at about $25-$30 million available to spend on free agents article by Justin Rogers
Now you’re looking at $50-51 million remaining in the budget. Holding back an estimated $11 million for the draft class and another $10-15 million for a rainy-day fund to cover any
potential off season injuries, or space to absorb acquiring a player in a trade, the Lions can safely spend between $25-$30 million in free agency when the market opens.
By straight averages, that would be more than $32 million per year, but multi-year NFL contracts are typically back-loaded to offset the immediate cash funds the team pays out in signing bonuses.
So what can you buy with that amount? Well, quite a bit.
Going back to Flowers, Coleman and James, that trio of players only cost $11.6 million against the cap in their first year on the roster