Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew made a tough business decision in order to stay in Motown.
Pettigrew agreed to take a pay cut that will save Detroit a half-million dollars.
The blocking tight end was due to make a base salary of $3.65 million this season. Pettigrew has now agreed to reduce his salary to $2.2 million annually until he returns from the PUP list, according to ESPN.
In return Pettigrew will receive $1.2 million in contract guarantees, and return to his original rate after he returns to the field. He had no guaranteed money prior.
It looks like both sides compromised on this one.
Pettigrew, known for his blocking prowess, tore his ACL last December. The tight end hasn’t been able to practice since the injury. Detroit placed the eighth-year player on PUP earlier this week. He won’t be eligible to return until Week 7 against the Washington Redskins.
The veteran tight end has 301 career catches and 17 touchdowns all with the Lions.
Pettigrew’s absence is only part of Detroit’s tight end issues. The Lions’ starting tight end Eric Ebron is currently out nursing an ankle injury. Ebron’s status for Week 1 against the Indianapolis Colts is still up in the air.
Rookie tight end Cole Wick has been getting reps with Detroit’s starters while Ebron recovers.