Per Field Yates, the Lions are at $31.35M under the cap through all official signings. In the past, the Lions only posted signings on their transactions page only when they were officially signed, so as of now, it likely includes all signings except Davis, Lee, Ragland and Allison. If they are vet min signings (which they probably are), that would reduce our available cap space by $550K (($887,500 - $750,000) * 4) to $30.8M. According to OverTheCap (OTC), our rookie pool is $12.75M and while we will sign all players to close to that amount, it won’t reduce our cap space by $12.75M, it’ll only reduce it by about $6.3M because draft picks in rounds 4-7 won’t qualify for the top 51 salaries and picks 1-85 will replace a player with roughly $750K cap hit. So that will put us at $24.5M. Say you need $5M for in season transactions, that still leaves you with $20M of cap space.
Now if I’m Quinn and if this year decides my fate, I’m not rolling that over to next season and I’m not using it to extend Golladay/Decker, etc (I’m using next years cap, if I’m around). I’m using those cap dollars now and try to win now to save my job, even if I have to overpay a little . . . next year doesn’t matter if I’m not around.
From Quinn’s perspective, I don’t get it.