As was reported earlier today by Brian McIntrye, Seattle backup free safety Chris Maragos recently agreed to a restructured contract for this season in which he went from making $1.323 million if he made the team, to $700,000 plus a $155,000 bonus.
Essentially, Maragos had the option of agreeing to take less money to play with the Seahawks this season, or being cut and being a free agent.
Maragos said today it was something that he and the team had been talking about for a while.
“It was extremely tough,” he said. “We (he and his wife, Serah) tossed back and forth. But we looked at the pros and cons and obviously we love the team and the guys and we really feel like this is the best play for us. So from that aspect it was easy.”
Maragos’ decision was similar to one that snapper Clint Gresham faced earlier this year, as well. Gresham agreed to a new two-year deal that pays him $1.6 million, ripping up a contract that was due to pay him $1.3 million for this season alone. It’s likely tackle Clinton McDonald, who was cut Saturday, also was offered a similar proposition as he was also due to make $1.3 million this season (though that’s just conjecture).
The Seahawks wanted to make the moves to clear up cap space for not only this year (the two deals cleared about $1 million in cap space) but also for next year, with savings allowed to carry over to the following season.
Maragos said he was confident he would have signed elsewhere if he hadn’t stayed with the Seahawks.
“I had an opportunity to be here and play with a great team this year,” he said. “And I just weighed the pros and cons. Sure, you probably could have had more somewhere else. But I really loved it here and being part of this team and I just really appreciate the opportunity to play here and be a part of this secondary and the team of guys we have.”
Maragos is in his fourth NFL season, third with the Seahawks. While he has just three tackles as a safety in two years with the Seahawks, he has been a special teams standout, making 20 tackles the past two years.
“You understand as a player that it’s a business,” he said. “And you go out there and perform well, which I feel I have done a really good job of being one of our best special teams players and playing really well on defense. So from that aspect, I didn’t feel shaky in terms of my play or anything like that. There were a lot of things that come with it in terms of cap numbers and the cap situations and trying to re-sign other guys. It definitely worked out good on both ends, I think.”