Ultimately, Eric Weems made the decision that accepting a pay cut from the Chicago Bears was better than the uncertainty of the open market.

Weems renegotiated the final year of his contract on Thursday, according to NFLPA records, agreeing to reduce his base salary from $1 million to the minimum for a veteran with six years of experience -- $730,000. WSCR-670 AM first reported the $270,000 pay cut.

The wide receiver and special teams performer maintained the $100,000 workout bonus in the contract so he can earn up to $830,000 this season and will have a cap number of $1.33 million, down from the $1.6 million he was scheduled to count against the cap.

The club informed Weems he would have to accept a pay cut last month and a source said the player and his agent Chris Martin objected to that. In the long run, Weems had a change of heart and agreed to the trim and it’s probably best for him. He will be 29 before training camp ends and it might have been difficult to find anything above the minimum on the street. That means Weems can do better with the Bears by virtue of the workout bonus present in the contract.