Suggs, Peters may lose part of salaries

Posted May 16, 2012 @ 8:04 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Ravens and Eagles may be able to recoup some salary from players injured this offseason in non-football activities, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

Ravens OLB Terrell Suggs, who tore his Achilles tendon playing basketball, and Eagles OT Jason Peters, who tore his Achilles while working out on his own in March and then reportedly reinjured it in his kitchen, will both miss extended time in the coming year. The Collective Bargaining Agreement between players and owners states, "A player who is placed on a Nonfootball injury or Illness list ("N-F/I") is not entitled to any compensation under his contract while on such list ..."

The teams may opt to pay the players their full salary if they choose to do so. However, neither team has stated publicly if that will happen or not. At a minimum, both players are expected to lose out on earning workout bonuses in their contracts because of their injuries.

Mortensen reports the Eagles may opt to take as much as $3.25 million from Peters’ salary of $7.9 million, because that is how much they have to pay his replacement, free-agent addition Demetress Bell. Peters is expected to miss the entire 2012 season.

The Ravens are in a more difficult position, because there is a chance Suggs will return this fall. Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reported the team has not had any discussions with Suggs or his agent yet regarding taking back part of the linebacker's $4.9 million base salary.