This week has saw a flurry of aging veterans get cut due to the fact that many of their contracts are loaded with ridiculously high base salaries.
If these players don’t want to be out of a job they should start taking a page from Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker James Farrior.
Farrior is clearly past his prime, but he is still with the Steelers for one reason that being he structured his contract in a manner that is friendly to the Steelers.
When Farrior signed a new contract in 2008 his base salaries for 2010 through 2012 is $2.825 million, which is nothing compared to Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher’s base salary of $6.825 million for 2010.
The fact of the matter is that with unrestricted free agency veterans are easily replaceable.
In the end, if a veteran doesn’t want to have to play for a different team than the one he started with he will have to take a pay cut.