In desperate need of some cap space, defensive end Chris Long has come up big for the St. Louis Rams, agreeing to restrucutre his contract that will create $4.5 million in cap space in 2013.
And the good part is that he's not really losing any money as a result. The move is merely shuffling money around, so it likely wasn't too hard to negotiate, one would think.
Per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: 'Long was scheduled to make $13.25 million in guaranteed base salary in 2013. The Rams took $6 million off that base salary and converted it into a pro-rated roster bonus payable during the ’13 season. However, the pro-ration means the $6 million is split into four $1.5 million “installments” in terms of cap count over the remaining four years of Long’s contract - 2013, ’14, ’15, and ’16. So instead of counting $13.25 million against the cap this year, Long counts $8.75 million.'
The contract was reportedly signed on Friday, but showed up on the NFL Players Association files Monday, an...