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Michael Jenkins takes pay cut in hopes of hanging around Vikings

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Vikings receiver Michael Jenkins took a pay cut recently, dropping his 2012 salary from $2.5 million to $1 million.

As bad as that sounds, it’s still better than $0.

According to Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com, Jenkins agreed to the “restructuring” last week, giving him a much better chance of making the roster and collecting that $1 million.

His 2013 salary was also dropped from $2.5 million to $825,000, with the opportunity to make it back in a yeah-right roster bonus of $2.425 million, up from the original $750,000.

The 30-year-old Jenkins might not have been a lock to make the roster anyway, but this likely buys him a year. The Vikings performed a similar extraction on receivers Bernard Berrian and Greg Camarillo in 2011, and both made the roster and earned those reduced wages.

The Vikings aren’t loaded with receiving options (especially during Jerome Simpson’s three-game suspension), so there’s probably a spot now for the guy who caught 38 balls last year.

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4 Responses to “Michael Jenkins takes pay cut in hopes of hanging around Vikings”
  1. thegrey7 says: Aug 15, 2012 8:28 AM

    This means Aromushadu will get cut instead of Jenkins now. (Yeah, I probably spelled Devin’s name wrong.)

  2. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Aug 15, 2012 9:52 AM

    I wouldn’t say Berrian and Camarillo “earned” their reduced salaries. They received them.

  3. jacobslatter says: Aug 15, 2012 9:54 AM

    Michael Jenkins caught the first regular season TD pass from noted Top 10 quarterback Matt Ryan, as a member of the 2008 Atlanta Falcons. Top 10 :D .

  4. sevensixtwonato says: Aug 15, 2012 10:45 AM

    Getting aer a cool million to ride a bench is not that bad of a deal!

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