Jim Schwartz the Real Star of Detroit Lions’ Kyle Vanden Bosch Signing

March 5, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

With all the talk about the NFL Draft and the Detroit Lions’ No. 2 pick, it seems Lions fans forgot about free agency.
That’s to be expected, considering the Lions’ biggest move in free agency last year was signing Larry Foote to a one-year deal. Nobody much expected the Lions to make much noise, as they never do.
Except the first day of free agency 2010.
Before twelve hours of this year’s free agency period had passed, Nate Burleson and Kyle Vanden Bosch became Detroit Lions.
Vanden Bosch is on for four years at $24 million, and Burleson for five years/$25 million.
Both deals are overpayments, for sure. Vanden Bosch is 31 years old and Burleson is a fringe No. 2 receiver at best. And yet, both deals make sense.
This is where the famed “uncapped year” comes into effect.
Both contracts are heavily front-loaded, so a large portion of both deals will not count against the salary cap, because it doesn’t exist right now. Furthermore, of the ...

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