Chargers restructure Corey Liuget deal

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Since Corey Liuget wasn’t eligible to play a full season, it appears he’s not going to make a full salary.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Chargers and the veteran defensive lineman Corey Liuget “agreed to terms on a revised contract.”

That’s usually the wording when a guy takes a pay cut to secure an otherwise precarious roster spot. And Liuget was due to make $8 million this year, which is the kind of number that usually draws such attention.

But the 28-year-old Liuget may benefit indirectly from the move.

He was suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league’s performance enhancing substances policy, and those suspensions are without pay. So now instead of being docked 4/17ths of $8 million, he’ll have to surrender 4/17ths of some presumably smaller number. The Patriots did that with Tom Brady‘s contract before his DeflateGate suspension, saving him $1.865 million.

He has two more seasons on his contract after this year. But he hasn’t lived up to the six-year, $58 million contract he signed in 2015, so some adjustment was probably to be expected regardless the suspension.

4 responses to “Chargers restructure Corey Liuget deal

  1. Yeah, he probably took the pay cut to ensure his roster spot because he is in a tough position without much leverage. The team would have probably taken to big of a hit if they cut him, and he would have had a hard time finding a job while underperforming, even on PEDs.

  2. A pay cut is a pay cut. Divide a smaller number by 17 and you get smaller numbers. The pay cut has zero benefit to him except possible security with a roster spot. I believe Tom Brady’s money was converted to a bonus to pay out immediately and make his salary really low that season, which is a loop hole that a team can take in rarer circumstances. Without the conversion to a bonus or pushing money to a future period, Tom Brady would have lost more money if the Pats simply reduced his salary that year.

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