A look at the Lions' WR cap since 2010

April, 30, 2014
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The numbers are huge, mostly because the best receiver in the game is among them. When you look at the cap and cash numbers as a position for the Detroit Lions' wide receivers, it appears the team is spending an extreme amount at the position.

In some cases, the team was. But with Calvin Johnson on the roster and bringing in at least $8 million a year against the cap for every year since 2010, the numbers will look a little bit inflated. The question is not whether Johnson was worth the money -- he was and remains to be worth it -- but whether the complementary receivers were worth their cost.

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Joe Sargent/Getty ImagesCalvin Johnson has counted at least $8 million against the salary cap every year since 2010.
In looking at the wide receiver numbers since 2010, the team has been pretty consistent in how much it has allotted to the cap at the position, mostly because of the consistency of Johnson. Other than him, the players have fluctuated and some of Detroit’s misses on picks and free agents become accentuated.

So here is a look at Detroit’s cap situation with receivers over the past five seasons, including who is under contract for the 2014 season. Every other year is based on the players on the team at the end of the year.

Prior cap studies: Running back
2014
Total numbers: $20,916,227 (cap value); 32.61 percent (offensive cap percentage); 15.20 percent (total cap percentage); $19,139,409 (cash value).

By players:

  • Calvin Johnson: $13,058 million (cap value); 20.36 percent (offensive cap); 9.49 percent (total cap).
  • Golden Tate: $3.1 million (cap value); 4.83 percent (offensive cap); 2.25 percent (total cap).
  • Ryan Broyles: $1,003,227 (cap value); 1.56 percent (offensive cap); .73 percent (total cap).
  • Kris Durham: $645,000 (cap value); 1.01 percent (offensive cap); .47 percent (total cap).
  • Kevin Ogletree: $635,000 (cap value); .99 percent (offensive cap); .46 percent (total cap).
  • Jeremy Ross: $570,000 (cap value); .89 percent (offensive cap); .41 percent (total cap).
  • Naaman Roosevelt: $570,000 (cap value); .89 percent (offensive cap); .41 percent (total cap).
  • Patrick Edwards: $495,000 (cap value); .77 percent (offensive cap); .36 percent (total cap).
  • Cody Wilson: $420,000 (cap value); .65 percent (offensive cap); .31 percent (total cap).
  • Corey Fuller: $420,000 (cap value); .65 percent (offensive cap); .31 percent (total cap).
2013
Total numbers: $15,101,501 (cap value); 25.49 percent (offensive cap); 14.43 (total cap); $29,017,042 (cash value).

By players:

  • Johnson: $8,774 million (cap value); 14.81 percent (offensive cap); 8.38 percent (total cap).
  • Nate Burleson: $4,031,641 (cap value); 6.81 percent (offensive cap); 3.85 percent (total cap).
  • Broyles: $841,448 (cap value); 1.42 percent (offensive cap); .80 percent(total cap).
  • Durham: $555,000 (cap value); .94 percent (offensive cap); .53 percent (total cap).
  • Ogletree: $546,765 (cap value); .92 percent (offensive cap); .52 percent (total cap).
  • Ross: $310,588 (cap value); .52 percent (offensive cap); .30 percent (total cap).
  • Micheal Spurlock: $42,059 (cap value); .07 percent (offensive cap); .04 percent (total cap). *only his second stint with Detroit in 2013.
2012
Total numbers: $17,887,996 (cap value); 28.71 percent (offensive cap); 14.83 percent (total cap); $29,915,532 (cash value).

By players:

  • Johnson: $11,537,286 (cap value); 18.52 percent (offensive cap); 9.57 percent (total cap).
  • Burleson: $2,861,446 (cap value); 4.59 percent (offensive cap); 2.37 percent (total cap).
  • Titus Young: $1,041,624 (cap value); 1.67 percent (offensive cap); .86 percent (total cap).
  • Mike Thomas: $767,647 (cap value); 1.23 percent (offensive cap); .64 percent (total cap).
  • Broyles: $688,818 (cap value); 1.07 percent (offensive cap); .55 percent (total cap).
  • Kassim Osgood: $540,000 (cap value); .87 percent (offensive cap); .45 percent (total cap).
  • Brian Robiskie: $361,764 (cap value); .58 percent (offensive cap); .30 percent (total cap).
  • Durham: $109,411 (cap value); .18 percent (offensive cap); .09 percent (total cap).
2011
Total numbers: $19,433,849 (cap value); 30.71 percent (offensive cap); 16.61 percent (total cap); $18,872,324 (cash value).

By players:

  • Johnson: $13,956,946 (cap value); 22.05 percent (offensive cap); 11.93 percent (total cap).
  • Burleson: $2,755,072 (cap value); 4.35 percent (offensive cap); 2.35 percent (total cap).
  • Young: $829,331 (cap value); 1.31 percent (offensive cap); .71 percent (total cap).
  • Stefan Logan (listed as a receiver): $742,500 (cap value); 1.17 percent (offensive cap); .63 percent (total cap).
  • Maurice Stovall: $575,000 (cap value); .91 percent (offensive cap); .49 percent (total cap).
  • Rashied Davis: $575,000 (cap value); .91 percent (offensive cap); .49 percent (total cap).
2010
Total numbers: $20,589,676 (cap value); 28.24 percent (offensive cap); 18.03 percent (total cap); $23,163,235 (cash value).

By players:

  • Johnson: $11,136,108 (cap value); 15.28 (offensive cap); 9.75 (total cap).
  • Burleson: $5,325,000 (cap value); 7.30 percent (offensive cap); 4.66 percent (total cap).
  • Bryant Johnson: $3 million (cap value); 4.12 percent (offensive cap); 2.63 percent (total cap).
  • Derrick Williams: $585,333 (cap value); .80 percent (offensive cap); .51 percent (total cap).
  • Logan: $395,000 (cap value); .54 percent (offensive cap); .35 percent (total cap).
  • Brian Clark: $148,235 (cap value); .20 percent (offensive cap); .13 percent (total cap).

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