Pay Cut Likely For McGrew
June 15 2002
By Bryan Hersh of 49ers Paradise
The 49ers recent signing of Jim Flanigan to a two year deal worth about $1.5 million is bad news for Reggie McGrew. Despite receiving praise in the media this off-season McGrew may have to take a pay cut to remain with the 49ers. McGrew is schedule to make close to $500 000 this season, and the 49ers quite frankly donít believe he is worth it.
Itís become rather common place to hear that McGrew looks better in the off-season. News surrounding the former first round pick is generally optimistic during the off-season. His que sera sera attitude however, has prevented him from ever reaching the potential that the 49ers think he holds.
While itís impossible to tell how ready McGrew will be for this season, the signing of Flanigan gives the 49ers enough flexibility to cut McGrew or attempt to trade him if heís unwilling to negotiate his salary. McGrew may believe he is better off as a free agent, considering the reported strength of his off-season so far - but likely wouldnít command that much interest anywhere.
McGrew could be forced out of the 49ers if he is unwilling to restructure his contract. The team finally has enough depth to go in a different direction if he is unwilling to negotiate. It would be in both sides best interest to come to terms on a new deal, but at this point, it appears that the 49ers may be planning for the worst.