Breaking Down Detroit Lions' Salary Cap Scenario Heading into 2013

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Breaking Down Detroit Lions' Salary Cap Scenario Heading into 2013
Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

In the last four years, Detroit Lions GM Martin Mayhew has done an impressive job building a winning team from the ashes of 2008. Turning them around was certainly a challenge, but keeping the new-and-improved Lions intact might be an even bigger one.

As of November 1st, the Lions were only 2.5 million under the salary cap—which is $120.6 million. According to ESPN, that cap number won't change much next year. 

That's bad news for Detroit is that they have over 20 players scheduled to become free agents—most of them from the defensive side of the ball—and each one of them will look for more lucrative deals.

To make matters worse, the Lions already have Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and Ndamukong Suh taking up nearly 50 million of cap space next season.

Needless to say, with their current cap situation, and little-to-no increase, Mayhew and team president Tom Lewand will have their work cut out for them.

They'll need to walk the fiscally-responsible tight rope while re-signing enough talent to keep the Lions competitive. 

Here's a run down of the Lions' salary cap situation for 2013.

* All salary/contract information courtesy of Spotrac.

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