Marcus Davenport costing Vikings twice the cap room in 2024 than Lions

And get this: Detroit utilized an uncommon salary cap rule to make his overall cap hit just $3.42 million this year.

The details are a bit complicated, but I’ll give you the basics. It’s called the 50% rule, and it allows a team to use a portion of the base salary and other bonuses and treat them as a prorated signing bonus. Detroit used this stipulation in Halapoulivaati Vaitai’s restructured contract last year—If you want to learn more about it (but, fair warning, it is very complicated). Because the Lions added a void year to Davenport’s contract, those “signing bonus” cap hits are split between this year and next.

Here’s how the overall contact looks, per Over The Cap:

Marcus Davenport: One year, $6.5 million — $3 million guaranteed

2024:

  • $2.5 million base salary (only $1.125M counts toward the cap in 2024)
  • $2,297,500 million “signing bonus” (which includes all bonuses)
  • Cap hit: $3,422,500 million

2025 — Void year

  • $2,297,500 dead cap

As you may notice, the total of these cap hits is actually $5,720,0000, less than the overall value of the deal ($6.5 million). So the deal is even better than originally reported. Davenport does have the opportunity to earn more, though.

So, yeah, I suppose it may look like “stolen” money from jaded Vikings fans, but it’s undeniably a savvy contract from Lions COO Mike Disner and Detroit’s front office.

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Ray Agnew strikes again. Future GM.

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Somebody tell Kwesi this is what happens when you put furniture on extended layaway…

4 void years? Really?

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Kwesi turnover for Vikings….
Lions in the quadrant we want them to be….

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Quality signing for the price.

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