So maybe you sign a guy like Conklin to a 4 year deal, where the first year isn’t a killer and you subtract 6.1M from his 2020 cost. Yes you may pay a bit more for the position in 2020, but you pay less in 2021 probably AND for two years you get someone who can actually play the position at a high level so we can run the football.
Should the Lions cut him (Wagner) following June 1, they will save $9M in cap with $2.9M of dead money in 2020 and 2021, respectively.
The veteran tackle was recognized by Pro Football Focus as one of the best at his position when he signed in 2017.
However, Wagner presently owns an overall grade of 59.1, along with a 60.2 pass-blocking grade and a 53.9 run-blocking grade. (emphasis mine)
It adds up to him being ranked the 58th-best tackle in the game, although he possesses the fifth-highest average annual value contract among right tackles and the 21st-highest among all tackles.