Report: OT Sean Locklear takes pay cut

The Seattle Seahawks continue to trim the team’s player payroll. According to Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network, starting right tackle Sean Locklear, reportedly shopped around the league this week, took a significant reduction in his base salary for this season. Locklear was scheduled to make $5.45 million base salary this season. According to the report, he took a $2.2 million pay cut and will make $3.25 million instead. La Canfora reports that Locklear has incentives built in the deal that allow him to make some the money back this season. When the Seahawks signed Locklear to a five-year, $32 million deal after the 2007 season, they projected him as the team’s starting left tackle after Walter Jones retired. But now that the team has drafted Russell Okung to fill that role instead, the Seahawks obviously wanted to recoup some of that money. Locklear’s contract, which ran through the 2012 season, is now up at the end of this year.