PHILADELPHIA ( - Veteran cornerback Ron Brooks has taken a pay cut and will remain with the Eagles for now.

The nickel back, who is recovering from a ruptured right quad tendon, agreed to take a nearly 50 percent hit from his base salary in 2017, moving from $1.85 million down to $1 million.

The 28-year-old proved to be a Jim Schwartz favorite after signing a three-year, $6 million deal as a free agent from Buffalo last year. He was the team;s starting nickel corner until being injured against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 6 at Lincoln Financial Field.

The move reduces Brooks' 2017 salary-cap hit from $2.1 million to $1.25 million, which includes the $1 million as well as a prorated $250K from his original signing bonus
Brooks is now due $2.15 million in base salary in 2018.

Brooks returns to a depleted unit that lost both of its starters from last season, Leodis McKelvin, who was released, and Nolan Carroll, who signed with Dallas in free agency.

Others in the mix at the position include the recently signed Patrick Robinson, second-year players Jalen Mills and C.J. Smith, as well as former Jacksonville third-round pick Dwayne Gratz and ex-CFL stars Aaron Grymes and Mitchell White,

-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for You can reach him at or on Twitter @JFMcMullen

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