Alstott restructures to remain with Bucs


Published: Tuesday, March 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 1, 2005 at 1:14 a.m.
TAMPA - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continued to address their salary cap problem Monday, restructuring the contract of fullback Mike Alstott.
General manager Bruce Allen was out of town and unavailable for comment. He is expected to talk about the team's maneuvering, which includes redoing the contract of quarterback Brian Griese, when he returns today.
Alstott, a six-time Pro Bowl selection, was scheduled to earn $2 million in 2005. After missing most of 2003 with a neck strain, he averaged 3.4 yards per carry while rushing for 230 yards and two touchdowns last season.
Allen is working to pare about $17 million from the payroll. The five-year, $32-million deal Griese agreed to over the weekend clears about $4 million in salary cap space. The Bucs could free about $4.5 million more by releasing quarterback Brad Johnson today.
FALCONS: Atlanta cleared about $5 million in salary cap room by releasing three veterans from their defense. Defensive tackle Ed Jasper, who has said he might retire, 10-year veteran defensive tackle Travis Hall and safety Cory Hall were released.
``These are always hard decisions when they involve players who had a lot to do with our success last season, but for salary cap purposes, we needed to make these moves at this time,'' said Falcons general manager Rich McKay. ``Once the cap settles down, I would not rule out the possibility of one or all of these guys being back with us as part of the 2005 Falcons.''
BEARS: Wide receiver David Terrell, the eighth overall pick in the 2001 draft, was released after four seasons of failed expectations. The move came two days after the Bears signed All-Pro receiver Muhsin Muhammad, who was released by the Carolina Panthers.
``It is unfortunate thkngs didn't turnout better for David in Chicago,'' general manager Jerry Angelo said in a statement. ``The bottom line was we needed an upgrade at the receiver position. We were able to add a Pro Bowl wideout this past weekend, and those types of moves can affect others on the team.''
Muhammad was cut because the Panthers did not want to pay a $10-million roster bonus due today. The Bears will give him a $12-million signing bonus, which is guaranteed money.
Terrell, who had another year left on his contract, started 15 games last season and led the Bears with a career-high 699 receiving yards on 42 receptions with one touchdown.
PANTHERS: Carolina released 16-year veteran quarterback Rodney Peete and guard Doug Brzezinski in cost-cutting moves that will save the club $2.5 million. Both players could re-sign with the Panthers for smaller contract.
PATRIOTS: Veteran linebacker Roman Phifer, who played on all three of New England's Super Bowl winners, was released. Phifer, a 36-year-old 14-year veteran, was signed by the team as a free agent in 2001 and played in 59 games in his four seasons with the Patriots.

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