According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Steelers’ tight end Mark Bruener accepted a pay cut to stay with the team last week. He was scheduled to make a base salary of $2.05 million in 2003, but that number is said to have been halved. The 30-year-old is considered one of the league’s best blocking tight ends and a key component to the Steelers’ running game.
Bruener has missed 14 games the last two years due to knee and shoulder injuries, and now has to compete with new teammate Jay Riemersma for playing time. Jay will be the team’s receiving tight end and will not be negatively affected by Bruener’s presence.