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Cardinals cut Todd Heap’s pay by $1 million

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With the Cardinals high on the potential of 2011 third-round pick Rob Housler, tight end Todd Heap was at risk of losing his job in Arizona this summer.

Like many other veterans over the years, Heap decided to help his case to stick around by accepting a pay cut from the team. Adam Caplan of TheSidelineView.com reports that the Cardinals have slashed Heap’s salary from $2.15 million to $1.15 million for the 2012 season. Heap is set to become a free agent after this season, his 12th in the NFL.

Heap joins linebacker Stewart Bradley as veteran Cardinals to see a reduction in their pay this season. Heap’s 2011 season wasn’t as bad as Bradley’s, but it still wasn’t quite what the Cardinals hoped to get when they signed him away from the Ravens as a free agent.

Heap had 24 catches for 283 yards and a touchdown while splitting time with Housler and Jeff King at tight end, a sharp drop in production from his 2010 season in Baltimore. He played in just 10 games because of injuries and has missed nine games over the last two seasons, a trend that likely contributed to Arizona’s desire to cut down their financial commitment to Heap for this season.

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11 Responses to “Cardinals cut Todd Heap’s pay by $1 million”
  1. bengalsredgreenshow says: Aug 5, 2012 11:24 AM

    All I know is rob Housler is a beast in Madden.

  2. bobzilla1001 says: Aug 5, 2012 11:32 AM

    When are the Cardinals going to stop catering to retreads/rejects? What a sorry-ass NFL franchise.
    I feel bad for both Ken Wisenhunt and Larry Fitzgerald. They both deserve better team ownership.

  3. teddybayer123 says: Aug 5, 2012 11:34 AM

    Stats are for losers. Last year they never looked at Heap. God only knows if they will this year.

  4. chazzmon says: Aug 5, 2012 11:43 AM

    Didn’t even know he was still playing? He was pretty good at one time.

  5. niners816 says: Aug 5, 2012 11:45 AM

    When he was with Baltimore he was feared. He goes to Arizona and takes a pay cut and he’s not the #1 te on the depth chart.

  6. jacobslatter says: Aug 5, 2012 12:25 PM

    Arizona is where once great players go to die. It’s not an amorition.

  7. maximusprime107 says: Aug 5, 2012 1:28 PM

    This is just another example of why NFL players should hold up for as much as they can get, while they can get it. People complain about players not sticking out their contracts, but you don’t ever see anyone complain about a team not sticking to their end of the contract

  8. catquick says: Aug 5, 2012 1:34 PM

    He’s got that “half a loaf” mentality.

  9. essentialsausage says: Aug 5, 2012 2:01 PM

    Heap was dominant in NFL 2K3.

  10. sudz28 says: Aug 6, 2012 9:44 AM

    This guy is a poster child for what an NFL player should be; he keeps his mouth shut, works hard every day, and never gets in trouble with the law. Even though he played most of his career for ‘the enemy’ (Ratbirds), I have nothing but respect for him and wish him a great season as he closes out his career.

  11. deathonwings410 says: Aug 6, 2012 10:57 AM

    Wow, Heap and DMase used to be all we had in the passing game. It’s crazy to see him in another uniform. #ravens4life

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