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From pay cuts to traded friends, Pace sees the business

Calvin Pace, Cameron Bradfield AP

Not that he didn’t know already, but Jets outside linebacker Calvin Pace learned first-hand the realities of the business side of the NFL.

From the trade of close friend Darrelle Revis, to being cut and brought back for minimum wage, he’s been smacked upside the head with it all offseason.

I was disappointed,” Pace said of the Revis trade, via Jane McManus of ESPNNewYork.com. “I consider Revis a friend since the day I got here and and I just kind of watched him grow into what I feel is the best corner in the NFL.

“And to not have that is disheartening, but again that’s the way of our business.”

He has plenty of personal evidence of that as well. Instead of making around $8 million this year, he was released for salary cap purposes, then brought back on a veteran minimum benefit deal, which pays him a $65,000 bonus along with his $940,000 salary.

He said he had chances to go elsewhere, but decided it wasn’t worth moving.

“I try not to think about it too much,” Pace said. “It’s not a happy topic getting fired. It happened, I’ve moved past it. I think they have too. . . .

“Nowadays I guess it’s the way of football. I guess it was good while it lasted. They going to have to kick me out of here.”

Pace might not have played up to his old contract, but he still have value to a defense undergoing massive changes this year.

He’s also a great lesson for the many young players coming in about the realities of the league.

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10 Responses to “From pay cuts to traded friends, Pace sees the business”
  1. joemontanawasthegreatest says: May 31, 2013 11:02 AM

    He would not have made a million dollars in any other profession this year.

  2. garyhd01 says: May 31, 2013 11:11 AM

    of course the jets have moved past it they just lopped off 7 million and pace paid for it all as a ram fan I don’t actually have a dog in this fight but if he becomes a free agent he sounds like he deserves a better team to play on maybe he could become a ram?

  3. granadafan says: May 31, 2013 11:17 AM

    The Jets should have honored the contract!

  4. larry321 says: May 31, 2013 11:31 AM

    So after ten years in the league he just figured out the way it works? Might not be the best role model for the younger players.

  5. cheapglazers says: May 31, 2013 12:35 PM

    They are catching on to us!

  6. jetsjetsjetsnow says: May 31, 2013 12:40 PM

    Given he ‘takes off’ half the plays he’s in I’m not surprised.

  7. FinFan68 says: May 31, 2013 12:44 PM

    Minimum wage? Get real. Stop making it sound so bad. He was brought back for $500,000 or more. Minimum wage is less than $8/hr.

  8. micknangold says: May 31, 2013 1:25 PM

    The Rams are better than the Jets? Um, didn’t we dump two of our worst players on you and beat you by two touchdowns? That was us, right? You must be a pretty passionate Rams fan lol

  9. lrjets says: May 31, 2013 3:29 PM

    granadafan says:May 31, 2013 11:17 AM

    The Jets should have honored the contract!
    _________________________________

    Either a ultra-biased remark, or ultra-ignorant.

    Steve young won two Super Bowls and signed a six year $42 million dollar contract.
    He played two years. So much for guaranteed monies.
    No matter who the player is.

  10. multiplemiggs says: May 31, 2013 4:50 PM

    oh please, I cant even get a job and have been on unemployment for a year bc I am white. Am I supposed to feel bad?

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