Detroit Lions’ salary cap situation heading into the 2023 offseason


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    We are still in the midst of the NFL Playoffs, but for the Detroit Lions, the focus has already shifted toward free agency and the 2023 NFL Draft. The Lions finished the 2022 season with a 9-8 record, but you can bet GM Brad Holmes is excited to improve upon the current roster. This is especially true when it comes to the defensive side of the ball. This article will take a quick look at the Detroit Lions' salary cap situation, which will fluctuate over the upcoming months.

    What is the Detroit Lions' salary cap situation?

    Detroit Lions' salary cap Demetrious Johnson

    As you can see below, the Lions currently have an estimated $18,109,106 in cap space.

    *Detroit Lions salary cap figures via

    • Adjusted Salary Cap$227,223,156
    • Active Contracts:$208,815,280
    • Dead Cap:$298,770
    • 2022 Rollover:$2,223,156
    • Total (All):$209,114,050
    • Total (Top 51):$209,114,050
    • Est. Cap Space (All):$18,109,106
    • Est. Cap Space (Top 51):$18,109,106

    Overall in the NFL, this puts the Lions at No. 11. The Chicago Bears currently have the most cap space with over $116 million.

    How will the Detroit Lions' salary cap space fluctuate over the coming months?

    As noted above, the Lions currently have roughly $18 million in cap space, but that going to fluctuate up to and beyond the 2023 NFL Draft.

    The Lions are likely to have some cap casualties to free up some additional space heading into free agency. Some veterans the Lions could decide to move on from include Michael Brockers, Charles Harris, Hal Vatai, and Romeo Okwara.

    Then, when the 2023 NFL Draft comes and goes, the Lions will have to use up some of their cap space to sign their draft picks. The Lions currently have two first-round picks and two second-round picks, so they will have to make sure they have some cap space to do so.

    Of course, it is also possible that the Lions could restructure a couple of contracts to free up additional cap space if needed.

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