According to a report from Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant has taken a hefty pay cut in his base salary for the 2011 season.UPDATE: I've separately confirmed this earlier report.
Florio reports that according to a source, Trufant’s base salary for 2011 dropped from $5.9 million to $3 million via a new contract signed on August 20.
However, according to the report, Trufant can earn that money back by reaching some challenging incentives, which pay up to $2.65 million based on Trufant earning a spot on the Pro Bowl team and making a specific number of interceptions.
The other $250,000 can be earned by meeting a specific playing-time threshold.
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Trufant, 30, earned his only trip to the Pro Bowl in 2007, a year before signing his current six-year, $50.2 million deal.
The rest of Trufant’s contract, which includes a base salary of $7.2 million in 2012 and $8.8 million in 2013, with a $100,000 workout bonus each year, remains unchanged, reports Florio.
This report comes on the heels of the recent revelation of linebacker Aaron Curry restructuring his contract. It’s interesting because I was told by a league source shortly after the Seahawks asked Lofa Tatupu to take a pay cut that Trufant’s contract status would remain unchanged. I guess in theory that’s true.
Here’s what Trufant had to say when I talked to him about Tatupu’s standing with the team after he decided to ask for his release instead of taking a pay cut.
“You just know that’s part of the game,” Trufant said. “And eventually something like that is going to happen. But you’ve just got to be ready for it mentally, and be able to be strong and move on.”