Found March 12, 2012 on Fox Sports Detroit:
ALLEN PARK, Mich. The airlines, rental-car companies and hotel operators wont benefit this year from the Lions approach to free agency. The phone bill will replace the travel budget. Much of the hard work will be done at their headquarters. Thats where team president Tom Lewand will lead ongoing negotiations to restructure contracts of players already signed for 2012 and beyond, and to re-sign players to keep them from becoming free agents at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. It isnt sexy, and it lacks the drama of bringing in fresh faces, but it is a necessary approach for the Lions given the makeup of their roster and the fact that they are squeezed so tightly under the salary cap that every Benjamin in their bankroll is grimacing. The Lions never make their salary-cap status public, but there have been reports from NFL sources that say the Lions are one of a handful of teams that are over the 2012 salary cap of 120.6 million. All teams must be under the cap by Tuesdays 4 p.m. deadline. Th...
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