Jets’ Slauson agrees to take pay cut

A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that

New York Jets left guard Matt Slauson has agreed to take a pay cut,

reducing his salary by about $258,000 this season.

Slauson’s entire salary of $1.05 million for this season is now

guaranteed – believed to be a major reason the offensive lineman

accepted the restructured deal last week, according to the person

who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not

announced the new deal.

Slauson was scheduled to earn $1.31 million in the final year of

his rookie contract.

The Star-Ledger of Newark first reported the restructured deal

Thursday.

Coach Rex Ryan indicated Wednesday that Slauson, a starter the

last two seasons, had beat out Vladimir Ducasse for the starting

job at left guard.