Following up on Monday morning's post about restricted free agents (RFAs), we have a significant update to pass along.
After clearing around $16 million in cap space, the Detroit Lions assigned a second-round tender to linebacker DeAndre Levy, according to the team. That means Levy now counts $1.927 million against the Lions' salary cap; any team that wants to sign him would be required to give up a second-round draft pick.
Defensive lineman Sammie Hill and offensive lineman Corey Hilliard both received the low tender, which requires compensation equal to the round they were originally drafted in. A team would need to surrender a fourth-round pick for Hill and a sixth-rounder for Hilliard, and for now each player counts $1.26 million against the Lions' 2012 salary cap.
All told, the Lions committed $4.447 million in cap space to their three restricted free agents. The best I can figure at this moment, the Lions are at best a couple million dollars below the $120.6 million salary cap for 2012.