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Mike Brown Agrees to Pay Cut for ’08 Season

Heart & Soul of Defense Takes One for the Team: In a move to help the team and help himself, safety Mike Brown has agreed to restructure the final year of his five-year, $17 million contract. The 30-year-old has had an awful string of bad fortune, not being able to stay on the field over the past few seasons due to a variety of injuries. The base pay for final year of the deal for Brown has gone from $2.44 million to $950,000 according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Getting Healthy – Brown Recovering In Attempt To Regain Full Strength: The paper says that if Brown is hurt before the season starts, his base salary will be trimmed to $320,000. Though Brown can also make up the difference in pay with incentives that are tied to playing time. Apparently fully recovered from last season’s torn ACL, Brown has been running with the first team at free safety during the offseason training program. Brown has missed 43 regular-season games over the past four seasons. Last year it was 15 games on the sidelines after tearing his ACL in the teams season opening loss to the Chargers on September 9th. The 2000 second draft choice out of Nebraska has accumulated a total of 449 tackles, 15 interceptions, four sacks, and seven forced fumbles to go along with seven defensive touchdowns in 85 career games.

What does Brown bring to Bears: Being the game-changing playmaker that he is, a tremendous force when healthy, he simply has been unable to prove his worth and deliver big plays due to injuries. Chicago will need him to mentor their young safeties, occupy the “centerfield” spot as the free safety, a position which is needed and counted on to provide stellar coverage and backline defense in the Cover 2 the Bears like to run, and on top of that be able to be a consistent open field tackler in run support, contributing to a defensive unit that was lackluster and awful in stopping the run last season. Brown’s play and health could determine if the Bears are an elite, Super Bowl caliber defense or a subpar, inconsistent unit and it is crucial that the D is at it’s best due to the offense’s lack of success and new pieces that will need time to acclimate themselves to the system. Brown’s presence on the field will help the Windy City Soldiers in more ways than one, and the impact he has on a game is vitally important and he is the one player the Bears can ill-afford to lose in ’08. If the Bears lose him again the loss may be insurmountable and too tough to overcome, as you cannot measure what #30 means to the team as a player on, and off the field in the locker room. There’s a true, glaring weakness in the secondary when he’s on the sidelines and you can see the defense is clearly different when he is not in the game, as the Bears have won their last 14 of 15 regular season games Mike Brown has started dating back to ’05, (winning their last 12 games that Brown has started and finished). (Edited by Bears Gab Site Editor Russ Loede)

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One Response to “Mike Brown Agrees to Pay Cut for ’08 Season”

  1. Terrence says:

    Im a big Mike Brown fan,and taking a pay cut for the team only makes me respect him even more.Only question now is what the bears gonna do with the extra money?

    Angelo is way to cheap!Im mean To cheap-extremly cheap!

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