Redskins' Schlereth agrees to pay cut

September 03, 1994|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,Sun Staff Writer

Guard Mark Schlereth, who came back from a rare illness to win back his starting job in training camp with the Washington Redskins, became the latest veteran to agree to take a pay cut yesterday.

Schlereth, who was due to make a $750,000 base salary with a $100,000 roster bonus, was waived ater agreeing to a reduction.

As a vested veteran, he can't be claimed by another team and will resign with the Redskins today.

General manager Charley Casserly declined to comment on the reasons for the reduction, although the team apparently is attempting to build a reserve fund in case they need to replace injured players

The Redskins reduced the salaries of guard Vernice Smith $100,000 and cornerback A.J. Johnson $120,000 in the past week. Schlereth's cut was likely in the $100,000 to $200,000 range. They also suggested that cornerback Johnny Thomas take a $100,000 cut, although that hasn't been implemented.

Schlereth was a Pro Bowl selection in 1991 and started the entire 1992 season despite knee and elbow injuries. He was forced out of the lineup midway through last year when he came down with Guillain Barre syndrome, a neurological condition.

Schlereth was expected to be a backup this year until center John Gesek was sidelined with a back injury. Raleigh McKenzie, who is making $676,500 with a $35,000 roster bonus, then moved from right guard to center and Schlereth won his old job back.

4 Schlereth did not return phone calls last night.

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