On Monday, New England Patriots starting right tackle Marcus Cannon had his contract restructured by the team, which freed up cap space for New England while also adding bigger incentives for Cannon.
As the Boston Globe's Ben Volin detailed on Wednesday, Cannon's old contract consisted of a $5.5 million salary, $500,000 in per-game bonuses, and a $7.456 million cap hit. His new contract consists of a $1 million salary, $3.5 million signing bonus, $1.5 million in per-game bonuses, and a $4.935 million cap hit.
That is certainly a team-friendly contract, which saves New England money if Cannon misses time during the season.
Over the last three seasons, he has missed 13 games because of injury, so Cannon is betting on himself with this restructured contract.
With La'Adrian Waddle now in Buffalo, the Patriots no longer have a security blanket at right tackle behind Cannon, so it is essential that he stays healthy throughout the season for the team to maintain stability at the tackle position and for Cannon to earn the maximum amount of money from his incentive-ladened contract.