Originally Posted by cowboysooner
I think Free and Conner know that their base money has to be at least cut in half for either to make the team next year. I would not pay Free $2mm and that is probably a minimum number to retain him.
I can't think of another player whose play just dropped so drastically while being asked to do the same thing.
Connor could easily retire.
He has no real need to play for the minimum unless it is his hearts desire.
He could easily retire, skip this off-season then get a call when a team is desperate for a starter and he jumps in at 1m anyway.
For Free he makes 7m in base. If he took 2m here he'd be certifiably insane. His contract is easier to cut then to restructure. If he has to make 2m this year he would want to do so on a 1 year deal where he could hit the bank big in 2014.
We'd love him to give us back 16m but that isn't gonna happen. If we want him we either pay him his base in a restructure, ask him to eat a small amount of loss or let him walk.
How often have guys taken actual pay cuts? It's really rare. Just hard to make that work once under a current contract. Much easier to start over with a new deal. That's why you see more released then resigned deals then straight pay cuts.