Inside the Arizona Cardinals Rookie Deals

Ever wonder what the Cardinals rookies salaries, incentives and options are? Brian McIntyre of NorthwestFootball.net takes you inside the contracts signed by the Arizona Cardinals 2009 draft class.

Player: Chris Wells
Pos: RB
Round: 1
Pick: 31
Overview: 5-years, $9.6M low max/$11.8M total max
Signing bonus: $2,000,000
Guaranteed: $6.3M
2009 cap number: $1.19M

Wells received a $2M signing bonus, and currently has base salaries of $790,000 (2009), $987,500 (2010), $1.185M (2011), $707,500 (2012), and $1.3375M (2013). Wells' base salaries from 2009-12 are 100% guaranteed against skill/injury/cap. A $2.25M option/buyout is due next year, which would reduce his base salaries in the subsequent years to:

2010: $425,000
2011: $622,500
2012: $700,000
2013: $707,500

After that option is exercised, his entire 2010 and 2011 base salaries, along with $257,500 of his 2012 base salary, will be fully guaranteed. These guarantees void if Wells earns a $1.305M NLTBE ("not likely to be earned") roster bonus in 2010-13 or 2013 NTLBE, which can be earned with minimum playing-time and a team qualifier, or any RB/WR NLTBE category, or leads the team in offensive playing time, or is named the NFL or NFC's Rookie of the Year, or is named NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Wells also has a $100,000 NFL Rookie of the Year NLTBE in 2009.

Wells also has $50,000 workout bonuses in 2010 and 2011, which can be earned with minimum playing-time and a team qualifier. If he doesn't earn the $50,000 workout bonus in 2010, he can earn a $100,000 workout bonus in 2011 with the minimum playing-time and team qualifier. Once his option bonus is exercised, Wells will receive $50,000 workout bonuses in 2012 and 2013 that are not tied to any qualifier.

Wells' 2013 base salary can increase by a maximum of $2.7 million dollars. To maximize the 2013 base salary escalation, Wells would need to rush for 1,000 yards and make the Pro Bowl each year.

Player: Cody Brown
Pos: LB
Round: 2
Pick: 31
Overview: 4-years, $3.067M
Signing bonus: $956,000
Guaranteed: $1.597M
2009 cap number: $549,000

Base salaries
2009: $310,000
2010: $395,000
2011: $480,000
2012: $565,000

Brown's 2009 base salary is fully guaranteed, and he has a $331K skill/injury/cap guarantee on his 2010 salary that he likely would have voided by triggering a one-time roster bonus of $316K in 2010 with minimum playing-time and a team qualifier in 2009. Brown also has $15K workout bonuses that are tied to playing-time and team qualifiers.

Player: Rashad Johnson
Pos: S
Round: 3
Pick: 31
Overview: 3-years, $1.647M
Signing bonus: $489,000
2009 cap number: $473,000

Base salaries
2009: $310,000
2010: $395,000
2011: $480,000

Player: Greg Toler
Pos: CB
Round: 4
Pick: 31
Overview: 3-years, $1.501M
Signing bonus: $316,000
2009 cap number: $415,333

Base salaries
2009: $310,000
2010: $395,000
2011: $480,000

Toler's contract is fully split in 2009, meaning if he were to land on injured reserve, he'd be paid at the "down" rate of $215,000 instead of the "up" rate of $310,000.

Player: Herman Johnson
Pos: OT
Round: 5
Pick: 31
Overview: 3-years, $1.303M
Signing bonus: $118,000
2009 cap number: $349,333

Base salaries
2009: $310,000
2010: $395,000
2011: $480,000

Both 2009 and 2010 are fully split in Johnson's deal, so if he's placed on injured reserve at any point in 2009 or 2010, he'd be paid at the "down" rate. His 2010 base salary is also tied to credited seasons.

Player: Will Davis
Pos: LB
Round: 6
Pick: 31
Overview: 3-years, $1.25M
Signing bonus: $65,916
2009 cap number: $331,972

Base salaries
2009: $310,000
2010: $395,000
2011: $480,000

Like Johnson, both 2009 and 2010 are fully split years in Davis' deal and his 2010 base salary is tied to credited seasons.

Player: LaRod Stephens-Howling
Pos: RB
Round: 7
Pick: 31
Overview: 3-years, $1.219M
Signing bonus: $34,050
2009 cap number: $321,350

Base salaries
2009: $310,000
2010: $395,000
2011: $480,000

As is the case with Johnson and Davis, both 2009 and 2010 are fully split years in Davis' deal and his 2010 base salary is tied to credited seasons.

Player: Trevor Canfield
Pos: G
Round: 7
Pick: 45
Overview: 3-years, $1.211M
Signing bonus: $26,475
2009 cap number: $26,475

Canfield was waived on 9/4, so his entire $26,475 counts against the '09 salary cap. He was signed to the team's practice squad, where he's earning $5,200 per week.


Brian McIntyre is the Editor-in-Chief at NorthwestFootball.net. He blogs daily at Mac's Football Blog and you can follow him on Twitter. If you'd like to e-mail Brian, you can always do so by clicking here.


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