Last week, a guy who used to be a key part of the Green Bay Packers offense took a pay cut with his current team, the Houston Texans. The restructuring of Ahman Green’s contract made few papers and did not garner much discussion on the airwaves, and quite frankly, it is not something that most people care about. I bring it up because most times people see the restructuring of such a contract as a stupid move by the player and often think that the agent was not doing his job. Instead, I offer the opinion that in a case like Ahman Green’s, his agent made a very smart move by agreeing that his client drop guaranteed salary in favor of the chance to earn similar money through bonuses.
Ahman Green was due to make $3.8 guaranteed this season, which is a lot for a guy who was limited to only 260 yards rushing last year. He was injured for much of the year, and if his agent, Joby Branion, is confident that Green is fully healed, then he should be able to meet the benchmarks that were set. If he hits those marks, Green may earn more than his initial contract, before renegotiation, would have offered. Additionally, by showing good will, restructuring the contract, and opening cap space for the Texans, they will feel less of a desire to cut Green in the case that he does not perform up to their intentions or once again suffers a season damaging injury. No matter what, Green’s base salary goes back up to $4.8 million next year, which I am sure that the Texans will gladly pay if Ahman has a good year rushing the ball.
Sometimes agreeing to give up guaranteed money is not such a bad thing.