Tennessee Titans vets take pay cuts to remain with team

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Defensive end/linebacker Kamerion Wimbley and tight end Craig Stevens will remain members of the Tennessee Titans through at least this season.

Wimbley, who spent the first six of his eight-year career at linebacker, has struggled to find his footing with the Titans as a defensive end. He’ll likely shift back to linebacker in Tennessee’s hybrid defense, but not without taking a cut into his salary.

As Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean explains:

His restructured three-year contract includes base salaries of $2.25 million for 2014, $1.85 million for 2015 and $2.35 million for 2016. He had been scheduled to earn base salaries of $6 million, $6.5 million and $7 million. A $500,000 roster bonus and $250,000 workout bonus were included for 2014, with roster bonuses of $900,000 in both 2015 and 2016.

As for the run-blocking specialist, Stevens will also take a pay cut this year in order to stick with the Titans.

Tight end Craig Stevens is now scheduled to make $1.6 million in 2014, down from $3.4 million. He received $500,000 guaranteed for 2014.Stevens is still scheduled to earn $3.25 million in 2015, the final year of his contract.

It’s been a solid week for the Titans, who cut Chris Johnson earlier in the week and now have gotten even further under the cap without releasing talent Tennessee wanted to keep.

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