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Breaking down Tahir Whitehead's contract with the Lions

Lions LB Tahir Whitehead got a two-year deal worth $8 million after posting 50 tackles and two sacks in 2015. Leon Halip/Getty Images

The Detroit Lions brought back linebacker Tahir Whitehead on a two-year deal Thursday, and it's a pretty good one for the former fifth-round pick out of Temple.

He'll get paid a bunch more than his rookie deal, but it was still a reasonable two-year, $8 million deal for him with a signing bonus of $3 million and $4.75 million guaranteed.

Here's how it breaks down:

2016: He has a $3.25 million cap hit with a base salary of $1.75 million. In all, he'll get $4.75 million in cash -- his entire guarantee. His base salary is fully guaranteed. He also has $500,000 in potential incentives tied into playing time and the Pro Bowl. His dead money is $3 million.

2017: He has a cap charge of $4.75 million with a base salary of $3.05 million. He would get $3.25 million in cash. There is also a $12,500 bonus with a max of $200,000. He also has the potential of $500,000 in incentives based on playing time and the Pro Bowl. He has no guaranteed money, and his dead money would be $1.5 million.

Where his contract sits on the roster: When the Lions eventually cut Stephen Tulloch, he will be the second-highest paid linebacker in terms of cap on the Lions behind only DeAndre Levy. After Whitehead come Kyle Van Noy and Josh Bynes.

All numbers in this story are courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information.