Lions GM Quinn: ‘It’s always good to have cap space’

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The initial wave of free agent signings has come and gone, with the Lions making waves by signing wide receiver Marvin Jones to a five year contract worth $40 million. They made some complimentary moves to fill out the roster, and in the end are left with about $17 million in cap space.

“It’s always good to have cap space,” Quinn told Mlive.com. “I mean, I think there’s things that we want to do in the future that we need to reserve funds for and things during the season that come up that we may need money to sign a player here or there. I never want to be in the position where I don’t have resources to go out and sign a player to improve our team.”

That number could still go up, depending on what happens with linebacker Stephen Tulloch.

Of course, extensions for Darius Slay and Ziggy Ansah are looming in the not-so-distant future, which will not come cheap.

There are also still a couple of big names floating around in free agency. Cornerback Josh Norman is still looking for a new team to call home, but at this point it seems unlikely that he is on the Lions radar.

Could the team acquire a big name via trade? It’s always an option, especially when there is a large amount of cap space. While there are plenty of options available for the team, it seems at this point that Quinn is quite content with things the way they are heading into Thursday’s draft.