According to Yates, Wells’ 2014 base salary has been reduced from $5.5 million to $1 million, but includes a $1.65 million roster bonus that has already been paid to him. He can also earn up to $850,000 in per game roster bonuses this season.
Wells’ 2015 salary of $5.5 million has also been reduced to $2 million and once again includes a $1.75 million roster bonus.
In total, the Rams will free up $2.2125 million in cap space for the 2014 season, and another $1.75 million in cap space in 2015, according to Yates.
Wells, 33, is entering the third year of his four-year, $24 million contract, which included $13 million guaranteed. He has dealt with a few injuries that has limited him to playing in just 19 games over the course of two years.
It appears as though Wells is entering a make-or-break season given that the Rams can easily part ways with him before his $1.75 million roster bonus is due next year. St. Louis has former Alabama C Barrett Jones as a potential long-term replacement in the event they move on next year.
Last season, Pro Football Focus had him rated as the No. 23 center in the league out of 35 qualifying players.