Fred Weary Swings and Misses
Is Ahman Green the Next to Go?
Texans placed right guard Fred Weary on injured reserve today in
order to make room for the 3,720th running back on the roster this
year, Marcel Shipp.
a little sad to see Weary go, mostly because it will mean a sharp
decline in cheeky swinger-related headlines like this one, but also
because Weary has been around for awhile and always seemed to be
a bit under-used and under-valued.
team will likely negotiate an injury settlement with Weary, who
a one-year contract less than four months ago. The settlement will
be a negotiation, but it usually seems to be for about half of what
the player was scheduled to earn in the season, which for Weary
ought to pocket him another $400,000 or so on top of his $300,000
might yet return in 2009, even with the Texans, just as the possibility
exists for another offensive linemen, Charles Spencer, who was released
by the Texans before the onset of training camp.
arrival of Shipp might be an indicator that Ahman Green could be
cut soon as well. Injured on his one and only play of the preseason,
Green's return is still in question. As I
speculated back in June, a healthy preseason would be crucial
to Green sticking to the roster.
there are significant money implications should Green be released
before Week 1, and there are two parts to consider in the equation:
cash paid and salary cap accounting.
is owed $4.5 million in cash for the 2008 season based on a sum
of his $3.8 million base salary plus his workout bonus of $200,000
and a series of roster bonuses worth a total of $500,000. While
Green has probably already earned the workout bonus (unconfirmed),
the roster bonuses are paid on a game-by-game basis across all 16
regular season games ($31,250 per game), so they are unpaid at this
a cash perspective, what that means is if Green is cut before Week
1, Bob McNair won't be paying Green $4.3 million this season ($3.8
million + $0.5 million).
analysis is a whole 'nother story as Green COULD be treated as a
June 1st cut (because he's being released after June 1st...). This
allows the Texans (if they want, and they probably will want) to
split his dead money (i.e. unamortized signing bonus) across this
year's cap and next.
Green's bonus amortization for 2008 is just $1.25 million (based
on a $5 million signing bonus spread evenly across a 4-year contract),
so add that to his $200,000 workout bonus I'm guessing he's already
earned, and his 2008 dead money figure on the cap could be as little
as $1.45 million. Remember, the $500,000 in roster bonuses is unearned
at this point, so it does not count as dead money.
remaining two years' bonus amortization (Green signed thru the 2010
season) would accelerate to the 2009 cap ($1.25 million * 2 years)
for a total of $2.5 million. Or, the Texans could eat the entire
amount ($1.45 million + $2.5 million) of $3.95 million on the 2008
cap, but I severely doubt they'll do this. It's too easy to take
advantage of the "Philly Loophole" and forward unused
cap space this year to the 2009
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