The Providence Journal reports that thirteen-year veteran strong safety Rodney Harrison, who is still regarded as the heart of the New England secondary but a defender whose productivity has diminished the last two seasons because of injuries, has restructured his contract. In the reworked contract, first reported by the Boston Globe and then confirmed through NFL sources and league salary documents, Harrison reduced his base salary for 2007 from a scheduled $2.7 million to $2 million. The adjustment cuts Harrison’s 2007 salary cap charge by $700,000, to $2.7 million.
Since the Patriots still have roughly about $8.4 million in available salary cap funds, and more than sufficient money to sign their draft choices, the restructuring was not necessary to carve out more spending room. Instead, the move should be considered a reflection that Harrison is in the twilight of a celebrated career. He has appeared in 168 games and has 1,113 tackles, 32 interceptions, 73 passes defensed, 28 1/2 sacks, 14 forced fumbles and six recoveries.