Detroit Lions: Morning Roar

The Detroit Lions could have remade the majority of their quarterback room after the 2014 season. Instead, the franchise chose to keep the room intact for 2015.

That included bringing back veteran backup Dan Orlovsky and No. 3 quarterback Kellen Moore, who has been with the team for three seasons and has yet to be active in a regular-season game.

"The great thing about [Moore] is he’s been developing," Lions coach Jim Caldwell said at the owners meetings in Arizona on Wednesday. "Big O (Orlovsky) is certainly getting another feel for the offense as well. It’ll be a pretty good opportunity for us to see where they both are coming up.

"But I feel good about that room. It’s a good, solid room."

Neither Orlovsky nor Moore played a snap in 2014 since starter Matthew Stafford did not miss a play all season. Instead, their jobs were to make sure Stafford was as prepared as possible during the week and be ready in case of emergency or injury to Stafford.

A year ago, Detroit seemed to think Moore was not ready to be the team's No. 2 quarterback. While he and Orlovsky will compete for the position this summer, Caldwell likes what he's seen from Moore in his first experience working with him.

"Guys that throw the ball accurately. Guys that understand the system. Guys that can think on their feet, they all have a chance in most systems," Caldwell said. "He may not be as tall as some guys but he’s got some qualities that you really like. We’ll see how it goes but he’s been developing. He’s smart. Works hard. Coach's son. The whole bit. Kellen is a good prospect."

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The Detroit Lions don't have a compensatory pick this season -- don't worry, there will be at least one coming for sure in 2016 for Ndamukong Suh -- but the franchise has not always used the compensatory selections well.

In recent history under Martin Mayhew, the Lions picked cornerback Nevin Lawson and defensive end Larry Webster in the fourth round in 2014; defensive end Devin Taylor in the fourth round and linebacker Brandon Hepburn in the seventh round in 2013; wide receiver Tim Toone in the seventh round in 2010 and tight end Dan Gronkowski in the seventh round in 2009.

These are just the most recent compensatory picks of the 19 the franchise has ever had.

Taylor has been the most productive of the recent comp picks, playing in 30 of 32 possible games and making 29 tackles along with 3.5 sacks and forcing two fumbles. He's become a strong rotational player among the defensive ends and has the potential to be a good player for the Lions.

The team's two comp picks from last season are tough to gauge. Lawson was lost for the season in Week 2 due to injury and Webster was taken as a developmental pick that was buried on the depth chart. Both are expected to have larger roles in 2015 than 2014.

Hepburn is no longer with the Lions after a season on the practice squad and spent last year on Philadelphia's practice squad. Toone, who was Mr. Irrelevant in 2010, bounced around the NFL until finally being released for good by New Orleans in 2013.

Gronkowski -- one of Rob Gronkowski's brothers -- caught one pass for 4 yards for the Lions in 2009 and then played 12 games for Denver in 2010, making eight catches for 65 yards. He was with New England and Cleveland in 2011.

It'll be interesting to watch what happens with Taylor, Lawson and Webster this season as they all have enough potential to play a role in Detroit's defense.

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He's been coaching for almost 40 years and while most of that has been in college, Greg Mattison knows an exceedingly talented defensive lineman when he sees him.

Now Mattison is the defensive line coach at Michigan, but for two seasons he coordinated the defense for the Baltimore Ravens at the same time new Detroit Lions defensive tackle Haloti Ngata was entering his prime.

Ngata -- and the rest of the Detroit defense -- has a difficult task in trying to replace the attention given and production provided by Ndamukong Suh, who left the Lions earlier this month for Miami in free agency. Suh's departure prompted the Ngata trade.

"I don't know if you say you replace somebody," Mattison told's Dan Murphy on Thursday. "What Haloti Ngata brings is Haloti Ngata. He doesn't have to compare himself to anybody. I've always felt he's one of the best defensive tackles ever to play. I'm just really excited about him being there."

He also echoed the Detroit front office and some of Ngata's former teammates in expressing the high quality person Ngata is. He's played in 151 career games (including playoffs) and made 494 tackles with 29 sacks and five interceptions.

Detroit's players believe Ngata's presence will help the loss of Suh, who was a critical piece for creating a defense that was in the top 10 in almost every major category in 2014.

"Having someone plug in, having someone plug in that gap, that's always the key," cornerback Rashean Mathis said. "In any business field, regardless whether sports or not, if you lose a few key pieces, what makes you successful? Having someone step up and plug in that gap.

"That's the only way that you're able to be as successful as you were before, having someone step up."

The Lions plugged holes left by injury extremely well during the 2014 season. But this is a defense that will enter 2015 with four critical players -- Ngata, linebacker Stephen Tulloch, safety James Ihedigbo and Mathis -- will be at least 30 years old. Turning 30 is usually the demarcation line for a decline in play.

So that'll be something else to watch as Detroit's defense moves on from Suh.

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EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Hopefully you saw the story Wednesday about the 23 rules changes that are being proposed for discussion at the league's owners meetings next week.

One of them -- one of many on the docket about a change to instant replay rules -- came from the Detroit Lions and general manager Martin Mayhew. The Detroit proposal referenced replay being used to deal with an officiating error on a flag that was thrown, particularly relevant to the Lions because of the picked-up pass interference call in the Dallas-Detroit playoff game.

The picked-up flag incensed quarterback Matthew Stafford, head coach Jim Caldwell, Mayhew and the Lions' front office and pretty much everyone inside the Lions organization. Mayhew said at the combine he felt there was not enough support yet for the Detroit proposal to pass and he confirmed that again at Michigan State's pro day Wednesday, when he indicated the proposal will fail.

But he believes change is coming to replay.

"I think what's going to happen is there is going to be more dialogue on ways to improve it," Mayhew said of both the proposal and replay. "I think that really it may even initiate with the competition committee, how they want to revamp it. Obviously those guys have their opinion on the proposal and what needs to change and what can be more efficient."

In all, 13 of the 23 rules proposals -- there are also four bylaw proposals and a resolution about retractable roofs and halftime shows (seriously) on the docket -- were about replay. So many people clearly have a problem with it. Now it's about the NFL finding a solution.

"There certainly are issues with any sort of change that you can think of as to why you wouldn't change it," Mayhew said. "So you have to have enough, I think, positive reasons to make a change that aren't overwhelmed by negatives."

Mayhew declined to take questions on the signing of Tyrunn Walker, the re-signing of Rashean Mathis, the trade for Haloti Ngata or the losses of Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley, saying he would discuss those topics at the owners meetings in Arizona next week.

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The new league year is almost a week old and while the Detroit Lions were not extremely active in free agency, it did piece together part of its roster.

Here, going into the second week of the new league year, is what the roster looks like.

Quarterback (3): Starter: Matthew Stafford. Reserves: Dan Orlovsky; Kellen Moore.

Running back (4): Starter: Joique Bell. Reserves: Theo Riddick, George Winn, Emil Igwenagu.

Wide receiver (8): Starters: Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate. Reserves: Ryan Broyles; Jeremy Ross; TJ Jones; Corey Fuller; Skye Dawson; Andrew Peacock.

Tight end (4): Starter: Brandon Pettigrew. Reserves: Eric Ebron; Joseph Fauria; Jordan Thompson.

Offensive tackle (4): Starters: Riley Reiff (LT); LaAdrian Waddle (RT). Reserves: Cornelius Lucas; Michael Williams.

Interior linemen (6): Starters: TBD (LG); Travis Swanson (C); Larry Warford (RG). Reserves: Rodney Austin; Taylor Boggs; Darren Keyton; Braxston Cave.

Defensive end (9): Starters: Ezekiel Ansah; Jason Jones. Reserves: George Johnson (RFA); Darryl Tapp; Devin Taylor; Larry Webster; Phillip Hunt; Roy Philon; Kerry Hyder.

Defensive tackle (5): Starters: Haloti Ngata; Tyrunn Walker. Reserves: Caraun Reid; Jermelle Cudjo; Xavier Proctor.

Linebacker (8): Starters: Kyle Van Noy (strongside); Stephen Tulloch (middle); DeAndre Levy (weakside). Reserves: Tahir Whitehead; Josh Bynes; Travis Lewis; Julian Stanford; Jerrell Harris.

Cornerback (5): Starters: Darius Slay; TBD. Reserves: Bill Bentley (slot); Crezdon Butler; Nevin Lawson; Mohammed Seisay.

Safeties (5): Starters: Glover Quin; James Ihedigbo. Reserves: Isa Abdul-Quddus; Don Carey; Nate Ness.

Specialists (3): Kicker -- Matt Prater; Punter -- Sam Martin; Long-snapper -- Don Muhlbach.

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In the midst of all the free-agency frenzy, you might have missed that the Detroit Lions brought in a pre-draft visitor Wednesday -- Stanford cornerback Alex Carter.

Wrote about Carter a little bit here, but also reached out to colleague David Lombardi, who covers Stanford and the Pac 12 for ESPN, for an idea of what type of player Carter is.

"Alex Carter always has been -- and always will be -- a physical cornerback. He played at Stanford as a true freshman and sported the build of a senior," Lombardi wrote. "When the Cardinal solved their 'Oregon problem' in 2012, Carter was an essential ingredient in the fix. He overpowered blocks on the perimeter to snuff out the sideline-to-sideline game that had given Stanford so much trouble in the past.

"Carter's 4.51 40-yard dash time at the combine didn't blow anyone away, but his 40-inch vertical leap showcased solid athleticism given his six-foot, 196-pound frame. Carter still needs to polish his pass-coverage skills to complement his rugged play near the line of scrimmage, but given his NFL pedigree -- his father Tom played for Notre Dame and was selected in the first round of the 1993 draft -- it's a good bet that Carter is up to the challenge."

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Most of the high-level players are off the board and the Detroit Lions are still in the market for at least three starters as free agency and the new league year continues to churn on.

There is a lot that can still happen, though, as players can still get released as roster bonuses come due and there are still quality free agents out there. With that in mind, the Lions should have about $7.7 million in cap space remaining -- pending how much of a hit kicker Matt Prater's contract is going to add.

That should be enough to put some more decent players on the roster, whether it is bringing back their own free agents (Rob Sims, Rashean Mathis, C.J. Mosley) or signing others such as guard Justin Blalock (who is visiting today according to a report by colleague Josina Anderson), a cornerback and another defensive tackle.

Unlike a lot of other teams, Detroit has been fairly quiet so far. Expect that to change in the next two days as the market settles down, players understand their actual worth in this new league year with a $143.28 million cap and start to accept deals in those ranges.

The Lions have been good, for the most part, about finding value free agents that fit the past three seasons in safeties Glover Quin and James Ihedigbo along with receiver Golden Tate and running back Reggie Bush. Cornerback Chris Houston, who is no longer on the roster after injuries, is probably the biggest miss. While Bush is no longer on the roster either, he wasn't a bad signing considering he gave the Lions a 1,000-yard season in 2013. Restructuring him last season to create more of a dead money hit was the mistake there.

Also watch players who have been cut by other teams. They won't count against the Lions' potential compensatory selection chances for 2016 and right now Detroit is sitting in a good spot since Ndamukong Suh and likely Nick Fairley will bring in extra draft picks for the Lions next season. Not that it'll help any in 2015, though.

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The Detroit Lions -- like the rest of the NFL -- will reach the new league year at 4 p.m. Tuesday. At that point, all free agent contracts the Lions have agreed to (none to this point) will be able to be signed.

It also signifies the official time the Lions will say goodbye to Ndamukong Suh, Dominic Raiola and other free agents who likely won't return.

But Detroit has some money to spend. Entering this morning, the Lions have about $17.5 million in cap room according to Spotrac and ESPN Stats & Information, but this is without considering the money needed to pay the rookie class (between $4 million and $5 million) and from what I can tell, does not necessarily include the contracts of Matt Prater and Kellen Moore.

The franchise could have had much more, but carries over $17.3 million in dead money from prior deals and bonuses -- the most in the NFL. The leading dead money players are Suh ($9,737,500), cornerback Chris Houston ($3.9 million) and running back Reggie Bush ($3.55 million). The $17.3 million number is a good reason to not continually restructure contracts to make room on the cap since both Suh and Bush are on here for large numbers in part because of restructures.

As far as bonuses and guarantees, Matthew Stafford has $8 million of his salary guaranteed this season and Dan Orlovsky has $60,000 of his. Golden Tate has $1 million fully guaranteed, with $2.75 million more guaranteed if he is on the roster at the end of this week. Ryan Broyles has a roster bonus of $181,614. Brandon Pettigrew will have $2 million of his salary this season guaranteed if he's on the roster at the end of the week, and Eric Ebron has $976,779 guaranteed (base salary and roster bonus). Riley Reiff has a roster bonus of $325,000.

Defensively, Ezekiel Ansah has his base salary of $2,095,410 guaranteed. Kyle Van Noy has his base salary of $601,914 guaranteed and has a roster/reporting bonus of $50,000. Darius Slay has a roster bonus of $100,000, and Don Carey has a roster bonus of $50,000 due on the fifth day if he is on the roster next week. James Ihedigbo has a roster bonus of $500,000.

All of these bonuses and guarantees come from ESPN Stats & Information.

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The Detroit Lions had spent the past five seasons building up their defensive line into one of the best units in the NFL.

Now, though, all of that could change.

With Ndamukong Suh headed to Miami and the return of Nick Fairley still in question, the Lions are without a true tandem at defensive tackle for the first time since 2011 (other than when Fairley suffered injuries). So it leaves open the possibility of making the defensive scheme switch, especially considering the personnel the Lions have entering free agency.

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell didn't shoot down the idea at the NFL combine last month, but a lot of what the Lions would likely decide there was predicated on retaining Ndamukong Suh, who is a better fit in a 4-3 defense. Now, the Lions have some flexibility there, and defensive coordinator Teryl Austin has some experience working with a 3-4 front at other NFL stops.

So far this offseason, the Lions have re-signed Darryl Tapp and signed Phillip Hunt, formerly of Philadelphia and the CFL. Both are players who have the flexibility to play both defensive end and outside linebacker if necessary. Kyle Van Noy, entering his second season, worked out with the defensive linemen during points in practice in 2014. Most of the team's ends could fit in a 3-4 if necessary as well.

Though none of the defensive linemen on the roster fit a nose tackle description, there are some players who could fit there on the free agent market, including Vince Wilfork (New England), Dan Williams (Arizona), Kevin Vickerson (Kansas City), Alan Branch (New England), and Ahtyba Rubin (Cleveland). Other than Williams and Rubin, all would be short-term fixes because of age and ability. The draft could also provide a 3-4 nose tackle if necessary.

At linebacker, the Lions have enough depth to make it work, with DeAndre Levy, Stephen Tulloch, Tahir Whitehead, and Kyle Van Noy as potential starters if a 3-4 shift were to happen. There is also Travis Lewis, Julian Stanford and the potential return of Josh Bynes as other options at linebacker.

Understand this is all hypothetical, but with Suh off to the Dolphins, the Lions could theoretically stick with a 4-3 or make the move to the 3-4 without much roster upheaval.

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With so much attention being paid to what will happen with Ndamukong Suh's future with the Lions and other potential free-agent moves, the Lions have quietly also started their pre-draft visit process.

Detroit has brought in two players this week for pre-draft visits: McNeese State offensive lineman Antoine Everett and Washington State defensive tackle Xavier Cooper.

Everett, at 6-foot-2 3/8 and 328 pounds, played left tackle for McNeese State in 2013 and due to his size likely projects as a guard in the NFL. That he played tackle some in college, though, could give him the flexibility among young offensive linemen that Martin Mayhew has said he is looking for. ESPN's draft rankings have him as the No. 5 guard and No. 111 overall prospect in the class. His draft profile rates him as an above-average pass protector and average run-blocker with exceptional awareness.

The 6-foot-3, 293-pound Cooper had a strong combine, running the 40-yard dash in 4.86 seconds, putting up 29 reps on the bench press and making a 29-inch vertical jump and a 110-inch broad jump. He played in 36 games at Washington State, starting 34 of them. He had 121 tackles, 31.5 tackles for loss and 13 sacks.

Also, the Lions hired Steven Williams, a 2008 Harvard graduate who was coaching at Penn State, as a defensive quality control coach.

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Martha Ford took over ownership of the Detroit Lions from her late husband almost a year ago, but her and her family have been among the most wealthy Americans for far longer than that.

On the latest list of Forbes billionaires, Ford comes in at No. 1,250 in the world among billionaires, valued at a cool $1.5 billion. She also ranks as the No. 418 billionaire in the United States. With her husband's death last March, she took over ownership of the Lions as well as nine percent of his Class B Ford Motor stock, according to Forbes. This is where a lot of her -- and her family's -- wealth comes from.

Among women, Oprah Winfrey doubles Ford's worth according to Forbes, coming in at $3 billion. And if you're curious, Ndamukong Suh's friend, Warren Buffett, checks in at No. 3 on the billionaire's list with a value of $72.7 billion.

Here's the complete list of Forbes Billionaires if you want to see who is among the world's richest people.

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The first part -- and possibly major conclusion -- to the year-long Ndamukong Suh free-agency drama will come to an end by 4 p.m. ET Monday, when the franchise has to make a decision whether or not to use the franchise or transition tag on the defensive tackle.

There are three types of tags that can be used: An exclusive franchise tag, which gives the team exclusive negotiating rights with Suh and assures he'll be a Detroit Lion next season for around $26.9 million unless he is able to work out a long-term deal with the club. A nonexclusive franchise tag does something similar, but allows him to negotiate with other teams. If a team makes him an offer and the Lions decline to match, Detroit receives two future first-round picks for Suh's services. The transition tag is similar to the nonexclusive tag, but with no compensation for losing Suh. If a long-term deal is not done by July 15 with the tag, $26.9 million is his figure for 2015.

So here's a quick look at the reasons for and against tagging Suh. In the past, I've said the Lions need to use the tag on Suh if they believe it is the only way to keep him around, but my belief now is the only way the franchise should use the tag is if it believes there is only a one-year window to win with this group of players.

Reasons to tag Suh:

1. The one-year window: If the Lions want to go all-in for 2015 with the understanding they might not be able to get Suh back in 2016 anyway, then it would make sense to tag him. This would likely mean the franchise believes this is the last year the team can potentially make it to a Super Bowl with the current nucleus that includes Suh, Calvin Johnson, Stephen Tulloch, Joique Bell and others (Matthew Stafford and Golden Tate, for instance, aren't going anywhere either way). If that's the case and the Lions don't believe they will get a long-term deal done with Suh, then that's a reason for the team to use the tag.

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Tim Fuller/USA TODAY SportsIf the Lions put the franchise tag on Ndamukong Suh, their options in free agency will be limited.
2. Suh is a transcendent player: There is no question Suh is the best interior lineman in the NFL and one of the best defensive players in the league. Losing a player like this -- on a defense that has been built around him and the rest of the defensive line as the crux of a 4-3 scheme -- would no doubt damage the unit in 2015. Players like him don't come around very often and if the franchise believes he is that critical to a defense that was one of the best in the NFL last season, ensuring he is around might be the way to go.

An issue either way:

1. The public relations hit: The fan base appears to be truly divided on this issue. Some want to see the team keep him at all costs. Some want to see the team let him go if he doesn't want to sign a long-term deal to stay with Detroit. The Lions have done a good job keeping things positive with their fans, saying for over a year now they believed a deal would be done with Suh. If Tom Lewand and Martin Mayhew can't deliver on that, it might be a bad look considering they were so confident about it. The flip on that, of course, is the Lions can say they tried everything they could (whether they really do or not) if Suh ends up leaving in free agency and isn't tagged.

The reasons against tagging Suh:

1. The money: Giving $26.9 million to Suh plus the $9.7 million in dead money that the Lions are going to have on the books no matter what in 2015 is crippling when it comes to free agency and building depth. It all but means the Lions won't be big players in free agency (although they wouldn't be huge there if Suh signs a long-term deal, either) but Detroit has holes that need to be filled on the defensive line, offensive line, cornerback, running back and receiver. Some will come in the draft, but a good veteran or two wouldn't hurt.

2. You believe Suh isn't worth it: As mentioned above, Suh is a special player. There is no question about that. But if the Lions believe they can replace him somewhat adequately between free agency and the draft and possibly upgrade at other positions (Seattle cornerback Byron Maxwell, San Francisco guard Mike Iupati, Green Bay receiver Randall Cobb and Denver defensive tackle Terrance Knighton are some of the possible targets out there) then the sum of what could be brought in instead of Suh might make Detroit better off in the long run. That's a risk, because there's no guarantee Detroit could sign one or all of those players.

3. You believe Suh and the Lions will come to terms no matter what: If this is the case, you take your chances, although the question would also be raised as to why the deal has not been done already if the franchise truly believes this.

These are some of the reasons either way for tagging Suh by 4 p.m. or declining to. At least for Detroit, it'll have a better idea of what's next by the end of business today.
The Detroit Lions pretty much know what they would like to do when it comes to the franchise's specialists in 2015.

The team just hasn't acted on it yet. As of Friday morning, only one specialist -- Sam Martin -- is under contract for this season. Martin is due to have a cap number of $625,075 in the third year of his four-year rookie contract.

The Lions have indicated they would like to bring back kicker Matt Prater and long-snapper Don Muhlbach, essentially keeping their entire special-teams operation intact from the end of last season, but those deals haven't been finalized yet.

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While the Detroit Lions still have a ton of free-agent moves to make -- the biggest surrounding defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh -- the team still has a decent amount of its salary cap tied into the defense.

Free agency or a new Suh deal will change that, but here are where things stand this morning according to ESPN Stats & Information. And remember, once the Top 51 rule starts again, some of the lower-end salaries will no longer count against the cap. Check out the dead money, too. It is pretty damning for the defense. Here is the offensive cap outlook from Wednesday.

Defensive ends: Ezekiel Ansah -- $5,071,228; Jason Jones -- $3,983,333; Devin Taylor -- $660,146; Larry Webster -- $585,146; Kerry Hyder -- $435,000; Roy Philon -- $435,000.

Defensive tackle: Jermelle Cudjo -- $660,000; Caraun Reid -- $557,220.

Linebacker: Stephen Tulloch -- $5,800,000; DeAndre Levy --$4,500,000; Kyle Van Noy -- $1,159,569; Tahir Whitehead -- $713,000; Travis Lewis -- $674,793; Julian Stanford -- $660,000; Jerrell Harris -- $435,000.

Cornerback: Darius Slay -- $1,442,537; Bill Bentley -- $817,278; Crezdon Butler -- $585,000; Nevin Lawson -- $510,146; Mohammed Seisay -- $510,000.

Safety: Glover Quin -- $5,742,500; James Ihedigbo -- $1,975,000; Don Carey -- $995,000; Nate Ness -- $585,000.

Dead money: Ndamukong Suh -- $9,737,500; Chris Houston -- $3,900,000; Jonte Green -- $24,250; Jerome Couplin -- $4,000; Mohammed Seisay -- $3,334; Justin Jackson -- $1,667; Gabe Lynn -- $1,334.

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With the Detroit Lions still sorting through potential options with Ndamukong Suh and 19 players facing unrestricted free agency, Detroit has a good amount of money tied up in offense with its 2015 salary cap.

That'll change as free agency begins, but here's a quick look at the offensive cap numbers so far, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information.

Quarterback: Matthew Stafford -- $17,721,250.

Running back: Reggie Bush -- $5,277,941; Joique Bell -- $3,500,000; Theo Riddick -- $607,750; Emil Igwenagu -- $585,000; George Winn -- $510,000.

Wide receiver: Calvin Johnson -- $20,558,000; Golden Tate -- $5,350,000; Ryan Broyles -- $1,170,432; TJ Jones -- $536,550; Skye Dawson -- $510,000; Corey Fuller -- $510,000; Andrew Peacock -- $435,000.

Tight end: Brandon Pettigrew -- $3,800,000; Eric Ebron -- $2,783,897; Joseph Fauria -- $589,168.

Offensive tackle: Riley Reiff -- $2,543,450; LaAdrian Waddle - $588,334; Cornelius Lucas -- $516,667; Michael Williams -- $437,500.

Interior linemen: Larry Warford -- $849,250; Travis Swanson -- $699,868; Rodney Austin -- $585,000; Taylor Boggs -- $585,000; Darren Keyton -- $435,000; Braxston Cave -- $435,000.

Dead money: Michael Williams -- $32,574; Chad Abram -- $5,000; Jacob Maxwell -- $2,000; D.J. Morrell -- $1,668; Andrew Peacock -- $1,666; A.J. Dalton -- $1,666; James Franklin -- $1,334; Alex Bullard -- $334.

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