So, say you got $50 mil in cap space. You cut a guy that saves you $6 mil in cap space but you incur a $5.8 mil dead money hit. So, $50 mil + $6 mil means now you got $56 mil in cap space. BUT - that $5 mil in dead money means you’ve really a wash in cap space, right?
So - the reality is that the guy you cut has to be replaced, what will that cost you? If you’ve already got a guy that can step in and do at least as well, then it’s not really a problem, yes? You cut someone that presumably wasn’t playing up to his paycheck, and that is obviously no way to run a railroad or a football team.
But if you don’t have a suitable replacement, then you’ve got to sign an FA or draft a college player who is good enough to be a starter. Either way it’s kind of a risky move. I do believe the Lions have to draft an OT this year anyway, Wagner wasn’t getting it done and next year Decker could be gone and so it’s better to replace one of them this year and if necessary the other one in 2021. They might sign a good FA OT, but will that make the Lions that much better? Maybe it’s more a question of heading off a serious future problem before it gets to be more serious than it already is.