Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports that Texans RT Derek Newton has agreed to reduce his base salaries over the next three years from $4.75 million to $1.75 million (2017), $2.25 million (2018) and $2 million (2019).
Wilson adds that Newton has $500,000 roster bonuses in 2017 and 2018 to go along with $2 million in total per game active roster bonuses in 2018 and another $1 million total per game active roster bonuses in 2019.
This comes just a few weeks after the Texans officially placed Newton on the reserve/physically unable to perform list.
Newton is working his way back from tearing patellar tendons in both knees last October.
Newton, 29, is a former seventh-round pick of the Texans back in 2011. He’s currently in the second years of his five-year, $26.5 million contract that includes $10 million guaranteed and was set to make a base salary of $4.75 million for the 2016 season.
In 2016, Newton appeared in six games for the Texans and is rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 47 offensive tackle out of 78 qualifying players.