Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Ron Brooks has agreed to a pay cut, according to ESPN's Field Yates. His salary for the upcoming season will be reduced from $1.85 million to $1 million. Additionally, the 2018 year in his contract is now an option year.
There was some uncertainty about Brooks' future with the team. He suffered a significant injury in Week 7 this past season, rupturing the quadriceps tendon in his right leg against the Minnesota Vikings. Brooks is still on the mend. But the Eagles are extremely thin at the corner position at the moment, and this appears to be a sign that the team intends on keeping him around for now.
Brooks signed a three-year, $5.5 million deal with the Eagles last offseason after spending the first four years of his career with the Buffalo Bills. Reunited with defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, Brooks mainly manned the nickel role and was part of a unit that started the 2017 season off strong. Brooks' injury weakened the secondary, one of many factors that played into the defense's decline down the stretch.
The Eagles released starting outside corner Leodis McKelvin and lost his counterpart, Nolan Carroll, to the Dallas Cowboys in free agency. In need of serious reinforcements, they are expected to target the quality cornerback class in the upcoming NFL draft.