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Brunell Is Back

Heard from some people this morning that the Skins and Mark Brunell reached an agreement on a new contract last night and that Mark will probably sign the thing soon. In essence, it works out pretty close to what I wrote about a few days ago.
Instead of Mark counting nearly $7 million against the cap, he'll count probably less than half of that total (don't have the exact numbers yet but will get them). It's effectively a 1 year deal (on paper it's a 4 year deal but the final three years automatically void out), making Mark a free agent this time next year.

He got no signing bonus, but will get a roster bonus and a base salary around the vet. min. for him ($820,000). All told it will likely cost the Skins about $2.0-$3.0 million against the cap (I am told he ends up making essentially the league average for backups). It's a win-win - the Skins keep a veteran backup they really like, and Mark makes less money than he would have under his old contract, but gets the security of some guaranteed money and the security of a place he knows and likes, and doesn't have to try to win people over in a new locale.

Considering he is coming off labrum surgery, and his age (37 come Sept.) one year was all he was going to get at this point to backup Jason Campbell. I will speak to Mark later in the day and post the quotes.

Skins still working on restructuring Springs - again, no real progress there - and Wynn. Could begin releasing some guys today as well.

By Jason La Canfora  |  February 28, 2007; 9:44 AM ET
 
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