Jets' Matt Slauson took pay cut for this season

Matt Slauson addresses the media prior to cleaning

Matt Slauson addresses the media prior to cleaning out his locker. (Jan. 2, 2012) (Credit: Errol Anderson)

CORTLAND, N.Y. -- A day after Jets coach Rex Ryan said the competition at left guard between Matt Slauson and Vladimir Ducasse was over, a source confirmed Slauson recently agreed to a pay cut.

As first reported by the Newark Star-Ledger, the incumbent left guard was scheduled to earn $1.308 million this season, but according to NFLPA records, his base salary was trimmed to $615,000.

Now Slauson's total guaranteed money -- which includes a $435,000 signing bonus -- is $1.05 million. That's a $258,000 pay cut.

But the big difference is that Slauson's new deal is fully guaranteed. The original deal was not.

When asked Wednesday about the competition at left guard, Ryan said: "I would definitely give the edge to Matt . . . Right now, I'd go with Matt. He's got the experience, but he also looks really good to me."

Ryan insisted, however, that Ducasse still will get playing time because "he's earned that right. I think he's looked pretty good."

After much talk from management about trying out Ducasse at guard as well as tackle, Ryan said, "We like Vlad as a guard."

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