As it turns out, Vikings quarterback Brett Favre isn’t the only guy who recently signed a contract with a portion of his base salary deferred into future years.
Several other teams have used the device in recent weeks.
Per a league source, receiver Marty Booker’s contract with the Falcons pushes part of his base salary beyond the coming season. Ditto for the contract given by the Broncos to rookie running back Knowshon Moreno.
We’re also told that the Cardinals recently have restructured the contract of receiver Larry Fitzgerald, not to create more cap space for an extension to be given to Anquan Boldin, but to push money that would have been paid this year into 2010.
On one hand, it’s possible that teams are doing this to create the impression that they’re having money troubles, without specifically saying that they opted out of the current labor deal two years early because of money troubles. (If they were to expressly make that connection, the owners arguably would have to open their books to the NFLPA.)
On the other hand, if it’s a ruse, it’s an elaborate one.