BBAO: Michael Jenkins takes pay cut

August, 15, 2012
We're Black and Blue All Over:

Sometimes you can get a sneak peak at roster decisions by examining player contracts. So it's reasonable to assume that Minnesota Vikings receiver Michael Jenkins -- who has struggled at times in training camp -- is more likely to make the final roster now that he has agreed to a pay cut that slashed his 2012 salary from $2.5 million to $1 million.

Jenkins agreed to the new deal last week, according to Tom Pelissero of That came after the Vikings lost rookie receiver Greg Childs (knees) for the season, and during a camp in which Jenkins has looked slow to recover from a 2011 knee injury. Of Jenkins' camp, Pelissero writes: "He moved like he had a flat tire as he has for much of camp, almost appearing to coast at a time he's in no position to do so."

At this point, the Vikings don't have a ton of options. With Jerome Simpson set to serve a three-game suspension to start the season, the Vikings have hoped Jenkins would form a receiver rotation with Percy Harvin and Devin Aromashodu. Jenkins' camp performance would put him on the bubble, but usually a veteran who accepts a training camp pay cut makes the team after the change is complete.

Continuing around the NFC North:



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