Houston Texans safety Troy Nolan has renegotiated the final year of his rookie contract, a league source confirmed on Thursday.
Signed to a four-year, $1.808 million contract as a seventh round pick out of Arizona State in 2009, Nolan missed his rookie season with a wrist injury before starting six of 30 games over the last two seasons, totaling 84 tackles, 1.5 sacks and three interceptions. By playing in over 35 percent of the team's snaps in 2010 and 2011, Nolan increased his base salary for the 2012 season to $1.308 million.
That salary is not guaranteed, however, and with Nolan not assured of a starting role, or even a roster spot, he agreed last week to reduce his base salary to $540,000, which is not guaranteed. In exchange, Nolan received a $110,00 signing bonus and now has a cap charge of $664,565, nearly half of what is was scheduled to be ($1.323 million) before the restructure.