Lions restructure deals for 3.

Posted Mar 11, 2012
Aaron Wilson

The Detroit Lions are getting their unwieldy salary-cap situation into shape. The team announced they have restructured deals for quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Nate Burleson to save roughly $10 million against the salary cap. Stafford had a $17.098 million salary-cap figure for 2012, and Burleson had a $4.973 million cap figure.

Meanwhile, the Lions, who were $11 million over the salary cap, are also about to finalize their restructured deal for Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

Suh carried a $12.72 million salary and a $9.25 million base salary for 2012.

Of course, the biggest financial albatross on the Lions' shoulder is wide receiver Calvin Johnson's $21.081 million cap figure.

"We should be getting the paperwork in today," Suh's agent, Roosevelt Barnes, told Fox Sports Detroit. "It’s quite a bit. It’s a significant amount." Drafted second overall out of Nebraska two years ago, Suh signed a five-year, $59.59 million contract that included $40 million in guaranteed money

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