Breaking Down the Detroit Lions' 2013 Salary Cap: Where Is Money Best Spent?

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Breaking Down the Detroit Lions' 2013 Salary Cap: Where Is Money Best Spent?
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The Detroit Lions are extremely guarded about many things in their organization, money being chief among them.

That's why it took half a year to decode the terms of Jim Schwartz's contract extension, and why we can't be truly certain where the Lions are in the salary cap situation.

However, according to John Clayton of ESPN, the Lions are currently about $1.1 million over the cap. That's with everyone on the roster in 2012, before departing free agents open some of that space up. 

Expiring contracts will give the Lions some room to work, but things are still going to be difficult.

So here are the things likely to have the biggest impact on the Lions' salary cap situation going forward, and where the Lions can spend—and find—money this offseason.

In this, I'll be talking a great deal about contracts and salary cap numbers, and just to give credit where due, those numbers will all be coming from Spotrac.com.

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