OLB Romeo Okwara takes $9M pay cut to stay with Lions

Edge rusher Romeo Okwara agreed to take a $9 million pay cut in a restructured deal to remain with the Detroit Lions, multiple outlets reported Monday.Okwara missed most of the 2022 season recovering from a torn Achilles. He’s played in just nine games (four starts) the past two seasons.Okwara, 27, agreed to a base salary of $2 million for 2023, down from $11 million. It reduces the Lions’ cap hit from $14.5 million to $5.65 million. The Lions would have saved $7.5 million against the cap by cutting Okwara.Okwara returned for the final five games of the 2022 season and recorded two sacks.He has 23 career sacks in 76 games (32 starts) with the New York Giants (2016-17) and Lions.