Free-agent running back Terry Allen wasn't in a mood to celebrate yesterday after signing a one-year contract with the Washington Redskins.
That's because Allen was scheduled to make $1.5 million this year with the Minnesota Vikings before they cut him May 11 for salary cap reasons.
Though he gained 1,031 yards last season, Allen quickly found out that, because of the cap, teams no longer can spend the way they did, and he had no chance to come close to matching his old deal.
He finally had to accept a deal from the Redskins for $450,000. His agent, Harold Daniels, tried to bargain for at least $650,000, but the Redskins gave him a take-it-or-leave-it offer.
Even the fact he has a chance to start in Washington didn't change his feelings.
L "It's going to be very hard [to take the pay cut]," he said.
Not surprisingly, Allen, 27, who has had reconstructive surgery on both knees, doesn't like the new salary cap system.
"I think it's messed up," he said. "It's cost a lot of players."
Though the approximately 350 players making $1 million or more most likely are in favor of the system, Allen said, "There are a lot of other guys who should be making the money who aren't."