By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
1:33 PM EDT, August 15, 2013
Injured Ravens starting weak-side linebacker Jameel McClain has accepted a $1.5 million pay cut, reducing his base salary for this season from an originally scheduled $3 million to $1.5 million. The pay cut was negotiated Wednesday and processed today and includes a provision for McClain to potentially make back the $1.5 million if he triggers playing-time clauses.
McClain's salary-cap figure dropped from $4.2 million to $2.7 million, and the Ravens now have $5.529 million available under the NFL salary cap limit of $123 million following the changes to his contract and a pair of $1.005 million deals for tight end Dallas Clark and wide receiver Brandon Stokley.
The reason for the cut in pay stems from his potential unavailability for this season due to a spinal cord contusion suffered last December against the Washington Redskins. The Ravens haven't cleared McClain to play medically because a small sign of the bruise is still evident on recent X-rays, placing him on the physically unable to perform list.
Although some doctors have given McClain an encouraging outlook, the Ravens are adamant that they won't allow McClain to play football again until the X-ray has no signs of the injury. He has no restrictions on his exercise regimen and remains upbeat that he will play again.
McClain could begin the season on the physically unable to perform list and possibly spend this season on injured reserve unless doctors clear him in the next few months.
McClain signed a three-year, $10.5 million contract in 2012 that included a $3.6 million signing bonus. In 2014, his contract terms remain the same with a scheduled nonguaranteed $3.2 million base salary.
The top salary-cap figures on the roster: outside linebacker Terrell Suggs ($13.02 million), defensive tackle Haloti Ngata ($11.5 million), offensive guard Marshal Yanda ($7.45 million), cornerback Lardarius Webb ($7.385 million), quarterback Joe Flacco ($6.8 million), running back Ray Rice ($5.75 million), and offensive tackle Michael Oher ($4.95 million).