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$6 million-a-year contracts in decline

Hernandez release was special case, but tight cap is forcing teams' hands

Originally Published: June 28, 2013
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Before free agency started, I began charting the number of $6 million-a-year contracts. Why $6 million? That's a starting point for Pro Bowl-caliber position players.

The 2012 season ended with 197 $6 million-a-year players. The release of Aaron Hernandez cut the current number to 180. Although Hernandez's situation was unrelated to anything that has happened around the league this offseason, it's not surprising to see a contract worth more than $6 million a year adjusted or terminated. ...

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