Last night, the Patriots asked Chad Ochocinco to take a pay cut. Liz Mullen of Sports Business Journal Daily broke the story. Since her initial tweet, everyone from Rotoworld, Yahoo, NESN, and even the Boston Globe have run the story. Speculation runs from a simple request to restructure Chad's contract for some salary relief to lessening the salary cap hit so the Patriots can release Chad before the start of next season.
Former Bengals linebacker, Ahmad Brooks, who found a home in San Francisco in 2009, won a starting job there and never looked back. The 49'ers front office likes what Brooks puts on the field for the 49ers. Yesterday, they rewarded Brooks with a 6 year contract valued at 44.5 million. The 49ers handed Brooks a bonus for 17.5 million in guaranteed money. Brooks is currently 27 and will not be a free agent until he turns 33 in 2018.
Carson Palmer's Raiders find themselves in the worse salary cap situation of all 2012 NFL teams. The Raiders cap number for the 51 players under contract sits at 25 million over the cap. 16 million more than the next highest team. What's a new owner to do when 145.7 million in salary only buys you a .500 team? Palmer's status with the team is obviously safe for the coming season. Do the Raiders dare ask Palmer to restructure?