New Lions DE Wallace Gilberry could make up to $1.75 million in '16

The Detroit Lions waited weeks to sign a defensive end in free agency despite having no depth at the position besides star Ezekiel Ansah, Devin Taylor and Kerry Hyder.

So the Lions needed to add some experience, something they did Monday by signing Wallace Gilberry to a one-year deal. And it ended up being a fairly lucrative one for a player who was picked up in the second wave of free agency.

Gilberry has a base salary of $885,000 along with a signing bonus of $340,000. He also has a workout bonus of $25,000. His cap number is $1.25 million. If he somehow failed to make the Lions roster, he would have $340,000 in dead money attached to him.

His deal becomes more interesting with the incentives. He can receive up to an extra $500,000 in incentive-based pay based on playing time, sacks and overall team performance. Adding incentives with regularity has been a new strategy for the Lions under general manager Bob Quinn and his salary cap guy, Matt Harriss.

Most of the non-minimum salary players Detroit has signed this season have some sort of incentives attached to their contracts so if they play better, they earn more.

Based on what Gilberry is slated to make this season, combined with Detroit's lack of depth at defensive end, expect him to be on the roster this fall. It's likely the Lions expect him to be at least a rotational defensive end if not pushing Taylor for a starting slot opposite Ansah. The Lions will also likely draft at least one defensive end considering Gilberry is on a one-year deal and Taylor is entering the final year of his rookie contract.

All numbers in this post were provided by ESPN Stats & Information. Follow Stats & Info on Twitter @ESPNStatsInfo.