SUMMARY: In the days leading up to his release, 13-year veteran Brad Hopkins was given an opportunity to remain with the team. The Titans asked him to play for $770,000 - the minimum for a player of his experience. He was scheduled to earn a base salary of $4.25 million in 2006, along with a $1.5 million roster bonus. "I can't be starting left tackle having done it for going into my 14th year for the minimum (salary). That is not an option," Hopkins said. "I think they understood that. You say 'significant pay cut,' but a $5 million pay cut is a bit much, I think. I couldn't weather that storm. I wasn't getting paid fair market value for what I do. Hey, they did what they had to do." What do you think about this article? Post your comments below.