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    Brown's contract and other notes

    Brown could void 5th year
    By Jim Thomas

    Center Jason Brown's five-year, $37.5 million deal with the Rams could void out to a four-year, $29 million contract if certain incentives are met.

    According to figures filed with the NFL Players Association, Brown receives an $11 million signing bonus, plus base salaries of $4 million in 2009, $5 million in 2010, $4 million in 2011, $5 million in 2012, and $6.2 million in 2013.

    But the fifth year is voided if Brown, the former Baltimore Raven, reaches certain playing time incentives and the Rams reach certain team goals. However, even if those incentives are reached, the Rams can restore or buy back that fifth year by paying Brown an additional $2.3 million.

    Brown counts $6.2 million against the Rams' salary cap this season.
    A total of $20 million of the contract is guaranteed: the $11 million signing bonus and the bases salaries in 2009 ($4 million) and 2010 ($5 million.).


    Defensive tackle Ziggy Hood helped solidify his status as a second-round draft pick some scouts feel he could even be a late first-rounder with a good showing at the University of Missouri pro day Thursday in Columbia. Hood improved his bench press over his results at the NFL scouting combine and also ran well.

    Safety William Moore could be back on the radar as a second-round pick after hitting 4.4 in the 40-yard dash at 221 pounds. Although his movement was good in drills, he didn't catch the ball well.

    Also among those working out was Mizzou backup quarterback Chase Patton he displayed good arm strength but his timing was off.

    Quarterback Chase Daniel, tight end Chase Coffman, and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin were in attendance cheering on their teammates but did not work out. All three plan to participate at Mizzou's second pro day on March 19.

    About 30 NFL scouts and coaches attended Thursday's workout, including representatives from the Rams. Former Rams defensive line coach Brian Baker, now with Carolina, ran the defensive line drills.


    Torry Holt may be on the way out in St. Louis. But Terrell Owens is not on the way in. Add the Rams to the rapidly growing list of teams not interested in the just-released Dallas wide receiver. League sources told the Post-Dispatch on Thursday that the Rams had no interest in pursuing Owens.


    The Rams have talked with the agent for New England fullback Heath Evans. But Evans, an eight-year NFL veteran, agreed to terms Thursday with the New Orleans Saints.

    Meanwhile, it looks like Seattle fullback Leonard Weaver will be out of the Rams' price range. Several clubs are interested in Weaver, and it looks like he will end up signing for somewhere between $2.5 million and $3 million a year a lot of money for the position.


    The Rams had planned to hold a private workout March 12 with Baylor offensive tackle Jason Smith. But the school is closed that day, so the workout must be rescheduled. ... Center Brett Romberg, who has spent the past three seasons with the Rams, made a free-agent visit Thursday with Atlanta. The Falcons are looking for depth at center, and Romberg has an ally in Atlanta in former Rams offensive line coach Paul Boudreau, who joined the Falcons in 2008. ... The Rams have had preliminary discussions with the agents for offensive lineman Adam Goldberg and cornerback Jason Craft about re-signing both free agents.

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    Re: Brown's contract and other notes

    The way this deal is structured the Rams are pretty much locked in for 3 years. Cutting him before that would be cost prohibitive.

    His salary is guaranteed for the first two years, plus the signing bonus that would accelerate if he were cut makes it basically impossible to cut him in the first 2 years of the deal.

    In the 3rd year the salary isn't guaranteed, but it's less than the cap hit will be if they cut him. Salary is $4 mil. Cap hit if cut due to accelerated unamortized signing bonus would be $6.6 mil. His total cap hit for the 3rd year if he's on the roster should be around $6.2 mil (salary+unamortized portion of signing bonus). So he'd still count $6.6 mil against the books if he's gone and only $6.2 if he's on the roster. Of course, they could cut him after June 1st and spread the cap hit over 2 years making it more doable, but still not a good deal.

    If they cut him after year 3, then he'd only count the unamortized portion of the signing bonus, or $4.4 mil against the cap, though he would cost $7.2 mil if he remained on the roster, so they could open up $2.8 mil in cap space by cutting him then and more than that if they cut him after June 1st.

    The math may not be exactly right, but I think it's close. I guess you could say in summary, he better work out. I think he has a good chance of working out if they do run a power oriented offense that doesn't ask him to hold up in pass protection too much.

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    Re: Brown's contract and other notes

    Any chance we could let him play at least one game before we talk about cutting him.

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    Re: Brown's contract and other notes

    Quote Originally Posted by Rambunctious View Post
    Any chance we could let him play at least one game before we talk about cutting him.

    Yeah, I know. I just like to look into the details to see just how large of a commitment they actually made to the player. How long are the stuck with the mistake if that's what it turns out to be.

    Hopefully, it will turn out to have been a brilliant deal and they end up signing him again when this contract expires.


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