Colledge restructures contract

Posted by Darren Urban on March 26, 2012 – 1:14 pm

After we just talked about the mechanics of restructuring contracts, news comes out today (via plugged-in NFL blogger Brian McIntyre) that Cardinals guard Daryn Colledge has restructured the contract he signed last season to help create cap room. Colledge had been due $3.8 million in salary; he gets $3.1M of that immediately as a signing bonus, lowering his salary to $700,000 and spreading that $3.1M over the final four years of his contract. It lowers his 2012 cap number from $5.5M to $3.175M, although it increases the cap number the last three seasons from $6.5M to $7.275M.

Where does that leave the Cards under the cap? I do not know. That moving target has been a mystery for now. The Card still have some free agents of their own they want to bring back, so they will continue to be judicious I would think in parceling it out. That said, I still believe they still have interest in T Demetrius Bell, although I’m not sure where that situation is at this point. I’d guess they aren’t the only ones looking at Bell.

It doesn’t look like any other players have restructured at this point. Given that it takes a hefty check handed out immediately to do these deals (because of the signing bonus), most teams hold off on restructuring until it is absolutely necessary.

— The Cardinals did not get any compensatory draft picks this year, no surprised since they signed more key free agents last year than they lost. The comp picks were just announced at today’s owners’ meetings in Florida.

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15 Responses to “Colledge restructures contract”

  1. By Mark in Chandler on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    I sure hope all of this restructuring doesn’t come back to bite them. These prorated cap numbers don’t just diappear if you cut the player. I am sure Graves have thier eye on the new TV contract in a few years but it sure seems like they are walking a thin line.

  2. By kofari on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    We Need To Sign Demetrius Bell And David Hawthorn And Braydlen Edwards Then Get Another RG And OLB To Presure Sam Acho And Obrien Schofield And Cut Stewart Bradley Hes a Free Agency Bust And Cut Todd Heap And Restructer Kevin Kolb And Larry Fitzgerald

  3. By Chris Hughes on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Mark, Daryn is the type of guy you can restructure with. He is a GREAT lineman that will play out the life of his contract with us. Great players that you know you are going to keep are a Very, Very low risk when it comes to restructuring in fact the only downside to it is putting more money against the cap down the road. Great Job Cards ORG!!!! Way to go Michael Bidwill your the best! Come on let’s go get bell then we are set until draft day baby!

  4. By Eazy E on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Man, we should have did a hell of a lot better job with the cap. That is why you gotta make good decisions and not kevin kolb for that money and stewart bradley and others like that. Free Agency aint great for us this year, but we better get Bell, we need a decent LT BAD because Levi isn’t going back over there. McNeill is out there also, who when healthy, is an elite LT.

  5. By Scharf on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply


    Drastic measures for a team that finished .500 wouldn’t you say? We have a decent line right now- could use a few more pieces. Bell and a rookie tackle would be nice.

    Stewart Bradley was learning the scheme like the rest of the team – no sense in cutting him on year 2 of his 5 year deal.

    Also – Restructuring contracts doesn’t necessarily mean it would benefit us. It may benefit this year – but a few years down the road we will be in an even worse predicament.

  6. By AndyStandsUp on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Just so my ducks are in are in row Darren, has Dockett ever restructured?

  7. By Darren Urban on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    AndyStands –

    RE: Dockett

    I do not believe so. I don’t believe any other Card has at this point.

  8. By Louisville Card on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply


    With all the cap trouble it seems the Cards are in why did they even attempt to sign Peyton? Was that all PR? If they have to restructure College for a 2 mill savings to sign draft picks what would they have to have to done to sign Peyton?

  9. By Darren Urban on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Louisville Card –

    RE: Manning

    I don’t know. But I don’t believe it was just a PR stunt.

  10. By Ryan on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply


    Whats the realistic chances of signing Bell? i think he would be a good fit now, and even after we draft some OL. I think hes raw but can be a very good asset because of his age. Also gives Coach Grimm more talent in the group.
    I can see it now

    Brown-College- Sendelin-Snyder- Bell

    What you think?


  11. By Darren Urban on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Ryan –

    RE: Bell chances

    No idea.

  12. By theuglitruth on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    Excuses aside….the Stewart Bradley signing was horrible!

  13. By desertspin on Mar 28, 2012 | Reply


    Are the Cardinals still interested in signing Demetrius Bell?

    This could have a significant impact on how they draft.

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