Wade saves his job with paycut

Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert

We’re expecting some NFC North teams to begin paring their rosters Friday in anticipation of the NFL’s Saturday deadline for forming 53-man rosters. But one “bubble” player that appears to be safe is Minnesota receiver Bobby Wade, who has agreed to take a pay cut in anticipation of what appears to be a reduced role in 2009.


Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune has the story.

Wade has led the Vikings in receptions the past two years, but the arrival of rookie Percy Harvin has squeezed him out of his regular role as the slot receiver. Many of us have wondered if the Vikings would keep Wade as a No. 4 receiver when he was scheduled to make almost $3 million in base salary this season.

According to Zulgad, Wade agreed to reduce his salary to about $1.5 million. That’s more in line with the role he is expected to play this season. Receivers Bernard Berrian, Sidney Rice and Harvin are expected to get the majority of snaps if everyone stays healthy. But all three players have histories of injuries, so Wade is now a moderately priced -- and proven -- backup.

We’ll do our best to keep you updated with the flurry of roster moves expected over the next few days. Teams must make their cutdowns by 6 p.m. ET Saturday and they can begin signing players back to the practice squad at noon ET Sunday.