Jets LaDainian Tomlinson takes pay cut

By Marc A. Greenberg

As the Jets examined all free agents and attempted to re-work their existing salaries, they needed help from players already on their roster.  LaDainian Tomlinson was there to help out.’s John Clayton reports that New York Jets RB LaDainian Tomlinson has agreed to take a pay cut and will receive $1.1 million this year, down from the $2.625 million initially agreed upon.

“The thinking was, I really like this team, and I felt like we had a great opportunity to win,” Tomlinson said. “That was the No. 1 thing in my mind, to be somewhere where you have a chance to win a Super Bowl. I’ve said that all along, now I guess I have to prove the words that I had always said. I want the opportunity to win a championship.”

Per the post-lockout rules, players who rework their contracts cannot practice until Thursday.  At this morning’s walk-through, LBs Bart Scott and Calvin Pace sat out, so the thinking is that have agreed to rework their contracts as well.

Scott was due $4.9 million in base salary this year. Pace was due $3.855 million.

Back-up QB Mark Brunell, who re-signed Sunday at a lower salary also sat out.