Jameel McClain Takes a Pay Cut

NFL: Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns

Last week in this column it was suggested that the Ravens may consider releasing LB Jameel McClain due to his continued unavailability stemming from a neck injury suffered late last season.

It now appears that the team and McClain had another option in mind.  NFLPA records indicate that McClain has taken a $1.5M reduction in what was to be his $3M base salary for this season.  His base salary now stands at $1.5M.

McClain’s 2013 Cap number had been set to be $4.2M, but will now be $2.7M.  It is unknown at this time if any other adjustments were made to his contract or whether incentives were added to this year that would allow McClain to earn some or all of that $1.5M back.

This adjustment likely reflects the reality that McClain will start the season on the Reserve/PUP list, meaning that he will be out for at least the first six weeks of the season.

It is also very possible that the team approached McClain with the option of taking a pay cut or facing being released.

While it has been very clear that the Ravens have planned on having McClain return, the reality they faced was a having a very tight Salary Cap come September and having McClain eating up $4.2M in Cap space while being unable to play.

This new agreement allows them to retain McClain for the future while also lessening the impact of having him start the season on PUP.

18 Raves on “Jameel McClain Takes a Pay Cut

  1. justifythegame on said:

    I don’t see the point in keeping McClain around.

    1) If its about having him here long term – He’s 28 yrs old and he has shown his max potential already, he’s an average player (at best), even 1.5 mil is overpay imo.

    2) He only has 1 year left on his deal anyway

    3) He is coming off a very severe injury, theres a good chance he is even worse than before.

    4) Any playing time we devote to him is time that could be used on a younger player who could prove he’s worth a start or keeping long term.

    I don’t see any benefits in keeping him around.

    • Tony LombardiTony Lombardi on said:

      The Ravens are generally regarded as a desirable destination for players and they’ve developed a reputation for being one of the classiest teams. Mix this together with the fact that Jameel is a community-centric man, extremely well-liked throughout the organization and possibly a contributor down the line after he comes off PUP, it just adds up to being the right thing to do and sends a good message. The Ravens can reassess next season.

      • EdgarAllanPro on said:

        Not to mention the potential that you have a starter quality ‘backup’ later in the season for near the league minimum. Even if he loses his starting spot, if someone else gets hurt he can take over once he’s cleared.

        You won’t find a player his quality for that little this late in the off-season.

        • Tony LombardiTony Lombardi on said:

          I didn’t say he would. I said don’t be surprised if his struggles continue that they would consider a cut or a pay cut.

          I believe there was a message in that “failed conditioning test”.

      • ravensean509@gmail.com on said:

        it is an excellent point about how the organization is veiwed by players. Situations like these mean a good deal.

    • Big C on said:

      Hahaha… You’re probably one of the same people that gets upset when players hold out and call them greedy. HA!! But a guy gets hurt and you want to cut him at the knees as he recovers from an injury. These are real people you know. Not just digital characters on Madden or pictures on a website. They have families, wives, kids to put through school, mortgages. What if your job did the same thing to you? You’d be the first person crying foul… You yutz…

      • Big Perm on said:

        I think 1.5 mill is enough to, like you mentioned, put his kids through school and pay his mortgage. Man, I wish I had it that bad.

      • g money on said:

        better than getting cut. and he is still getting 1.5 mil to play. if your job did it to you, its probably because you aren’t worth what you are getting paid. I really like Jameel, but he is entitled to nothing.

  2. Rxdoxx on said:

    Wondered when the shoe was going to drop…. sooner than what I expected, but makes a lot of sense, he is now stashed off the 53 roster if needed later.
    Only thing I was sure of was he wasn’t going to get the number the books were showing

  3. Frank A on said:

    If its about having him here long term – He’s 28 yrs old and he has shown his max potential already, he’s an average player (at best), even 1.5 mil is overpay —— YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING RIGHT? an average player at best? he was our best LB last year and the year before an the year before that… i was happy we let ELLERBE walk…. JAMEEL MCCLAIN is the real deal… let the man heal.

    he is a baaaadd man THIS MCCLAIN.. and we need him for next year when SMITH leaves.. him and brown and bynes… im happy

  4. john on said:

    When in good shape this guy was average at best, and now that he had a spine injury he is finished playing in the NFL. You have to face the facts.

  5. Bruce_Almty on said:

    Healing his injury is a long, slow process. Seems to me that the IR list for the season is the best solution. Three weeks or 3 months will probably not make much difference. Reevaluating his progress next spring may be best for Jameel’s long-term health & well-being.

  6. PG County Ravens on said:

    Classy move by the organization vice full out releasing him! Fair exchange isn’t robbery! Let’s get this season banging and he can join in the fun later!

  7. spy on said:

    I think the slow progress from Author Brown had something to do with the decision to keep him around , I’m not sure goodwill had much to do with it…………

  8. ravensean509@gmail.com on said:

    I’ve been “banging the drum” on jameel since i saw the salary list for this year. I personally never saw the reason to sign him to that kind of money. A guy that i’ve named “decent”, average…………at best “pretty good”. I do and did think that he’d lose his spot to smith and brown (even healthy) but, to be fair, there’s nothing wrong with having a starter level guy coming off the bench.

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