Raiders offensive lineman Matt McCants took a pay cut from $1.671MM to $675K, according to a source who spoke with ESPN.com’s Field Yates (on Twitter). In the new deal, McCants will receive a $325K signing bonus, bringing his total compensation to $1MM. In essence, McCants is taking a $671K pay cut in order to remain with the Raiders this season.
McCants was a restricted free agent this offseason and the Raiders used the $1.671MM tender on him. Had he signed elsewhere, the signing team would have been forced to give Oakland a sixth-round draft pick.
McCants, 27, offers big size at the tackle position with his 6’5″, 308 pound frame. A sixth-round pick of the Giants in 2012, McCants found his way to the Raiders in 2013 and has appeared in 26 games ever since. Last year, he appeared in just two games. Squarely on the roster bubble in each of the last two seasons, McCants had little choice but to accept the pay cut.
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