As teams begin trimming their rosters from 75 players to 53, in some cases, they’re also trying to find ways to keep players. Washington was able to accomplish just that with Kory Lichtensteiger by getting their starting center to take a pay cut.
According to Field Yates for ESPN, Lichtensteiger’s base salary for 2016 will be slashed from $3.5 million to a more palatable $2.25 million. However, the eighth-year veteran will have the opportunity to earn that money back through incentives.
What likely happened was the team went to Lichtensteiger with the possibility of being released. After all, the 31-year-old’s job was believed to be on the line this summer, as he was competing with 2014 third-round draft pick Spencer Long for his spot at center.
Clearly Washington felt as though Lichtensteiger is still the better option, but not by enough to warrant his original cap figure. Now the club will have the superior player at a superior price.
This doesn’t necessarily save Lichtensteiger’s job for the whole year. For now though, it appears he’ll hold off Long and stick around with Washington for at least a little while longer.