The best o lineman on the team..You know the one Bellycheats pals over in KC just gave them last year. He made the Pro Bowl.They are desperate for o line help and are trying to hard ball a guy that would move the starting guard back to center. With an estimated ten million in cap space . Why?
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Multiple reports indicate the Patriots and Brian Waters are at an impasse over money, putting the veteran guard's availability for the season in jeopardy.
The Boston Herald was the first to report the Pats wanted to cut Waters' salary from $1.4 million to the veterans' minimum of $900,000, which also counts as only $450,000 against the salary cap. The Pats planned to award Waters per-game bonuses for being on the 46-player active roster, "allowing him to make $1.4 million - if not more . . . "
Both the Herald and Boston Globe reported that Waters has strong family ties in the Dallas area, which has him contemplating retirement. The Pats are said to have agreed to let Waters skip training camp but apparently expected him to report this week, prior to the season-opening game. When he did not, said the Globe, the team "may have hardened their stance" and may have dropped the per-game bonuses from contract restructuring.