The Raiders made their first significant off season move today when the team reached an agreement to a restructure of veteran Mike Brisiel’s contract.
Brisiel, the team’s most expensive free agent pickup a year ago underwhelmed at right guard although GM Reggie McKenzie indicated that he thought Brisiel might have been hampered more by an ankle injury that required him to have after-season surgery than by a lack of talent.
The terms of the restructure are not clear but what was disclosed, by Steve Corkran of Contra Costa Times, is that Brisiel’s cap number for this year was reduced from $4.35M down to $1.35M.
As a 7 year veteran, the absolute minimum a one year contract that Brisiel would negotiate this year would pay him $840,000.00 per year so this contract is not a bad cap hit for the Raiders at all.
What this means for the Raiders long term is up in the air – it depends on the terms of the restructure. It’s likely the base salary dropped and Brisiel converted some prior salary into contract incentives.
Incentive-laden contracts can be good for both the team and the player because it gives a monetary incentive for the players to produce and if the players produce they get paid well.
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