The Arizona Cardinals have made a move that both saves the team money and locks up the senior-most defensive player to what is probably the end of his NFL career. Safety Adrian Wilson and the Cardinals have agreed to a four-year contract extension that wipes out the last two years of his previous deal and signs him through the 2015 season.
Arizona Republic reporter Kent Somers found out some of the details of the contract.
Wilson's deal was extended two years until the end of the 2015 season. He received a $1.5 million signing bonus and his salary will be around $1.5 million, according to NFL sources. That's less than the $6.5 base salary he was due to receive. Wilson has a chance to earn more money through several incentives in the new contract, including bonuses for sacks and interceptions.
Wilson's cap number will be significantly lower than the $7.5 million figure he previously carried.
Both the team and Wilson were happy to do the deal. It gives the team financial flexibility this season and in the future. Wilson wants to finish his career as a member of the only team he has played for.
Wilson has been to the Pro Bowl five times. He has been the past four years. Last season he had one of his best seasons overall and is looking to an even better one now that he is acclimated to defensive coordinator Ray Horton's defensive schemes.
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