In a move that highlights how the Patriots were extremely close to the salary cap at the start of free agency, and needed some more breathing room, the team executed a minor restructure of Randy Moss's contract.
Here are few more details on the restructure, which was reported by Peter King in his "Monday Morning Quarterback" column:
The Patriots took $1.5 million of what Moss was to earn in 2009 and guaranteed that figure by turning it into a bonus. That freed up about $750,000 on the 2009 salary cap, and will increase Moss's salary cap charge in 2010.
It's not a major move, but it reflects how the Patriots were handcuffed a bit salary-cap wise until the Matt Cassel/Mike Vrabel trade was consummated.
The contract tweak with Moss allowed the Patriots to remain active in the early parts of free agency with players like Fred Taylor and Chris Baker.