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Friday, October 29, 2010
Thornton cheaper as he comes off PUP

By Paul Kuharsky

Titans linebacker David Thornton moves from the physically unable to perform list into his three week trial window where he can practice next week, Jeff Fisher said Friday.

He could be activated anywhere in that period, but the Titans are not in need of a veteran linebacker right now and his propensity to get hurt at this point could mean he lands on the injured reserve.

I’ve failed to circle back to the issue of his salary, which was scheduled to be $4.35 million this season -- a lot to pay for a guy recovering on the sidelines from hip and shoulder/pectoral injuries.

So I just checked on with Football Outside cap expert J. I. Halsell on this and stumbled into a bit of news.

Halsell said Thornton was paid weekly while on PUP just as if he was active. But Thornton re-did his contract before the season, chopping it from a $4.35 million base salary to $1.6 million.

The revamped contract also allows for him to earn $100,000 per game on the active roster, which could have topped out at $1 million. National Football League Players Association records confirm the alteration in base salary.

Barring a season-ending injury to another linebacker, I can’t see Thornton getting on the 53-man roster this year.