Report: Patriots, Brian Waters at an impasse over money

According to the Boston Herald, the name plate of Patriots center Brian Waters has been removed from his locker as both sides struggle to agree on how much money he should earn this season.

“The two sides have been at an impasse over money. Waters is under contract for $1.4 million this season, but the team would prefer him to play for the veteran minimum, which would serve as a $500,000 pay cut. Plus, the veteran minimum only counts as $450,000 against the salary cap, so that’s even more appealing for the Patriots, who could save nearly $1 million on that side,” wrote the Herald.

Waters has been reportedly thinking about retiring and doesn’t want to leave his family in Dallas for an extended period.  Maybe he wants to play for the Cowboys.  The problem is that he’d have to be released from the Patriots, and they may not be willing to do that.