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Slauson takes pay cut, per NFLPA records

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

The incumbent left guard was scheduled to earn $1.308M this season, but according to NFLPA records, his base salary was trimmed to $615K.

Now Slauson's takeaway -- which includes a $435K signing bonus -- is $1.05M guaranteed.

That's a $258,000 pay cut.

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

When asked on Wednesday about the left guard competition, Rex 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, the head coach said, "we like Vlad as a guard."

The Newark Star-Ledger first reported the news.

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