The Detroit Lions brought in cornerback Darrin Walls on Tuesday, signing him to a one-year deal. He chose the Lions because he believes there's a chance to compete for a major role in the secondary opposite Darius Slay.
His contract suggests he will be part of that competition with not much guaranteed.
Walls signed a veteran minimum deal with a base salary of $760,000 along with an $80,000 signing bonus. His cap number is $680,000 and only $80,000 of that is dead money. Unlike other contracts new Lions general manager Bob Quinn has done, this deal has no workout or roster bonuses. This deal also has no incentives based on playing time, statistics or postseason accolades.
Walls is No. 4 on the cornerback cap chart, behind Slay ($1,682,960), special-teams standout Johnson Bademosi ($1.65 million) and second-year pro Alex Carter ($727,187). He's ahead of Nevin Lawson and Quandre Diggs, both of whom are still on rookie contracts, and veteran Crezdon Butler, who also signed a veteran minimum deal.