Jason Brown's contract with Rams disapproved by NFL
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams and agents for Jason Brown are working to adjust the contract signed by the free-agent center after it was disapproved by the league.
The problem with the original contract centers on a buyback for the final season. The deal voids after four years if certain performance levels and team accomplishments are reached, but the Rams can buy back that final year for $2.3 million.
However, new rules in the NFL that are part of the last year with a salary cap mandates that salaries can't increase by more than 30 percent of the first-year total. Brown will be paid $4 million in salary/roster bonus this season, so no increase in future years can be greater than $1.2 million from the previous year.
Brown's salary in 2012 is $5 million and $6.2 million in 2013, the final year of the contract. If the buyback is exercised, his final-year compensation would be $8.5 million, an increase of $3.5 million from the year before.
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