The NFL has disapproved St. Louis Rams center Jason Brown’s five-year, $37.5 million contract, according to Howard Balzer of the Sports Xchange. Balzer reports that the Rams and Brown’s agents are making changes to the deal to comply with league regulations.
According to the article, the problem involves a $2.3 million buyback clause in the final year of the former Baltimore Ravens starter’s deal. The contract could void after four years depending on whether performance and team incentives are triggered, but the Rams have the option to buy back that fifth year.
Under NFL rules governing the collective bargaining agreement, salaries aren’t allowed to go up by more than 30 percent annually from the first-year figure.
Brown is due a combined $4 million for 2009. Hence, his compensation can’t increase by more than $1.2 million per year.
According to Balzer, Brown is due $5 million in 2012 and $6.2 million in 2013. Including a buyback in 2013, Brown would be paid $8.5 million in 2013. That would represent an increase of $3.5 million from 2012, which isn’t allowed under NFL rules. 


  1. titans_fan says:
    March 10th, 2009 at 1:07 pm
    Disapproved? Why not just say rejected? Who wrote the item, Emmit Smiff?
    Hopefully you were just joking, you’ve never heard of the word “disapproved”?
    So much for the publik skool sistym. lol

  2. If there is a snowballs chance, the Vikings should jump in & take this guy away 2replace Birk.

  3. @VBG
    I didn’t go to public school… and I have a BS from Vandy. No sense of humor buddy?

  4. so basically the contract was too backloaded for even the NFL and its typically extraordinarily backloaded contracts (full of money that the player never sees but gets to brag about signing for).

  5. His agent is dumb. He signed so fast with the Rams that he gave up the chance to get other teams into the bidding (i.e. the Eagles come to mind since his agent mentioned his surprise when they contacted him once free agency opened). If he was smart, he’d make his agent call around again before signing a legal deal with the Rams.

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