I liked this analysis of the NFC North's salary cap situation by Kevin Seifert. The Lions salary cap problem (only $736,000 available) is a result of the old salary cap rules. High draft choices are supposed to help bad teams, but they also created a different headache. From ESPN:
In 2012, Johnson ($18.5 million), Stafford ($16.1 million) and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh ($12.2 million) would account for nearly 40 percent of the Lions' cap space under their current contract terms. For that reason, it seems almost certain that Johnson will have a new contract if he is a member of the Lions next season.
The Lions have little chance to win without those three players, but they shouldn't cost them 40% of their salary cap either. Those weren't bad contracts. That's what it cost to sign the No. 1 and No. 2 overall picks in the years that they were drafted.
The Packers could approach guard , tight end and/or punter .
I never thought I'd see Masthay mentioned in the same sentence as either Sitton or Finley. What do you think of giving those players an extension?
Who should be the Packers top priority for a contract extension?
Josh Sitton (707 votes)
Jermichael Finley (635 votes)
Tim Masthay (87 votes)
1429 total votes