The news is out that veteran wide receiver Cecil Shorts III is taking a pay cut to stay with the Houston Texans for the 2016 season. The parameters of the pay cut accepted by Shorts is as follows.
- Shorts’ base salary will drop from $2.75 million to $1.2 million in 2016.
- The total savings is $1.55 million.
- Shorts now has a roster bonus of $500,000, which can help regain a portion of the $1.5 million that he lost for the payout.
- If Shorts makes the roster for the season, he will "only" be out of $1 million.
- Shorts signed a 2-year deal worth $6 million with $2.5 million guaranteed prior the 2015 off season.
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What does this all mean?
It is clear Shorts is going to have to prove his worth when training camp arrives. The Texans appear to be ready to start the youth movement but they will want Shorts to make it tough for the younger players when training camp arrives. Timing is always something to pay attention to and, with this move coming around the closure of mini-camp, the staff had a chance to get better looks at youngsters Jaelen Strong, Keith Mumphrey, Braxton Miller and Will Fuller V. Something about what the team saw made them feel comfortable with this move.
Plus, add in the injury history of Shorts, who only appeared in 11 games during 2015, along his overall cost along when combined with his injuries, and age (28), all of which push his value down. Shorts, prior to the pay cut, was set to make $2.75 million more than the four younger options on the team combined, around $2.6 million in base pay.
The Texans are a business and this was a move that was best for business, inching their youth closer to the field. With this seemingly little move regarding Shorts' salary, the team is heading into a bigger thought process moving towards the start of the 2016 season. The youth movement is set to start but only Shorts can prevent that by putting together his best training camp and preseason of his career.
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