Mike Patterson is going to have a million fewer dollars with which to pay medical bills.
The Eagles defensive tackle is expected to miss the entire season after having brain surgery in January, and was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list.
The Eagles then cut his base salary from $2.1 million to $1.05 million, via Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com.
The Eagles shut him down in July, after some early optimism he’d be able to return from an arteriovenous malformation, a tangle of blood vessels in his brain.
With other tweaks in a recent restructure, the move clears more than $2 million worth of salary cap room for the Eagles. They’re now more than $26 million under the salary cap. Which means they didn’t cut Patterson’s pay because they needed to. They did it because they could.