Extra money for Massie and Acho

Posted by Darren Urban on March 13, 2013 – 9:48 am

The Cardinals had two players among the top six in the NFL in terms of earning extra money last season through the NFL’s performance pay plan, which essentially gives bonus checks to players who aren’t making a ton in salary but play a lot. One was tackle Bobby Massie, no surprise as a fourth-round pick who started all season. Massie got an extra $283,776, not bad when his salary was $390,000. The other was linebacker Sam Acho, who received an extra $273,715 on top of his salary of $465,000.

Every team distributes an extra $3.46 million to their players. Every guy who played a snap gets a check, with the money proportional to snaps and salary. The lower your salary and the more snaps you play, the more money you’ll get.

Other odds and ends on this Wednesday morning:

— Linebacker Quentin Groves agreed to a two-year contract with Cleveland, re-joining Ray Horton with the Browns. The Cardinals already needed help at inside linebacker, but now they are thin at outside linebacker too.

— The inside linebacker issue could be helped if they sign ex-Bengal Rey Maualuga, who tweeted yesterday he was coming here for a visit. Other visits expected are quarterback Drew Stanton, running back Rashard Mendenhall and cornerback Jerraud Powers.

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25 Responses to “Extra money for Massie and Acho”

  1. By WhoTHCares on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    I hope we can sign Maualuga, Rashard Mendenhall and Powers. As replacements for the losses/cuts for depth and adress OL/OLB/RB/S/CB/QB

    Also i think it’d be stupid to cut Kevin… just let him take a pay cut/restructure, imo Kolb is the best QB better then Stanton or any FA. Just give him a good OL and he’ll be better or the same level A. Smith was playing in SF, except we have better WRs.

    PS. No to Bush (doesn’t fit the scheme), any other Big FA (FA is for depth not overpaying) it’s a deep S, LB and OL this draft, so no need to spend big $ in FA on that.
    Just work out Kolbs contract and we’re on the way!

  2. By John The Draft Guy on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply


    What do you do if Kolb says no, like anquan did to the ravens. You signed me to 13.5 mil now pay me that to be your QB. Then What?

  3. By Smitty on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Kolb would have to take a 40% paycut to make him worth his pay IMO. Don’t see that happening, we have to trust in coach to develope a QB that fits his system…which I don’t see Kolb’s arm strong enough anyway.
    Stanton, Boyer and a draft pick (3/4) at QB.

    I’m now more concerned about the defense we have.

  4. By Demond Howard on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Ok, first congrats to Bobby Massie, even though he didn’t play all that great he kept his head down and kept trying to get better. That’s all anyone can ask of any player, the same goes to Acho.

    As for the coaching staff and management… Well , I’m glad they shook things up, but it seems like the Cards opened the back door to let everyone get away. They need to be more aggressive, stop going after the “used to be big names” and get some real players. I’m keeping my fingers crossed

  5. By CardsChick on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Bush just signed with the Lions, so that will be a no-go anyway. I have some faith in Williams if he can stay healthy this year. Choosing to trust BA and the team he has around him – who would have believed at this point last year that he would end up with an 11-win team with a rookie QB and very few “stars” as a last-minute stand-in coach after such a terrible season without Peyton?

  6. By lg on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    we got rashard mendenhall i just hope he dont stay hurt this year cause he missed more games and stayed hurt more than beanie wells last year.

  7. By JosEPh on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Mendenhall is now a Cardinal. Maualuga would help if price is right.

  8. By Smitty on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Mendenhall signs a 1 year deal!

  9. By Mr Robles on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Have you heard what they want for the Cassel trade to happen?

  10. By MIKE HADZINSKI C.M. PUNK on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    we signed mendenhall b/c bush went to lions that simple 1 yr deal says it all.

  11. By MIKE HADZINSKI C.M. PUNK on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    should have gone after jake long move levi and draft geno nuff said

  12. By WhoTHCares on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    -John The Draft Guy

    Well his only chance is here, family loves it in AZ…
    only way he’s starting is here imo and knowing your WRs is extremely important for a QB. He hasn’t lived up yet to his contract but that’s also due to freakish injuries/coaching/mistakes…

    Just take the pay cut and wrk a smart contract out…

  13. By Chris Lewis on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    That figures, just like I said in a previous article, we’ll lose out on Bush and sign an inferior Mendenhall, and that’s exactly what happened. I thought things would be different, but Keim is just a younger version of Graves. We just keep signing mediocre players. I mean really, what good player would want to come to Arizona? I’m not trying to be negative, but I am so frustrated in the way things are transpiring so far. We cut 5 of our core players and 2 other players walked, which I don’t blame them. I really like BA and hope he’s successful with Arizona, but there’s no way we’re going to match up to San Fran or Seattle, or even St. Louis for that matter, unless we get some marquee players. Why didn’t we push harder for Bush, or go after Revis or Gholdson? There were some good OL out there and I haven’t seen any activity by Arizona to go after any of them. The good players are gonna get snatched up quick. I just think with Arizona’s situation in desperately needing to upgrade the talent on the team, we need to be more aggressive in landing some good players.

  14. By Jim Phillips on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    The Colts just signed Toler today. Oops. Time for some CB visits.

  15. By eric on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    mendenhall a good sign……maualuga i hope is next.

  16. By Eazy E on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Yeah, Massie only got paid extra money because he played because it wasn’t for performance that’s for damn sure. Acho is good, little bit of a down year numbers wise, but overall year I thought was solid.

  17. By Eazy E on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Now back to free agency… Groves leaving is a big deal, he revived his career under RAY HORTON and I love that move from Cleveland. Another player we shouldn’t have let almost walk/trade. All this ILB need talk is baffling, sign Lenon to another 2 or 3 year deal and move on because he balled both years with us, I don’t care about his age. Maualuga is a very good player but we got way more Glaring needs. Drew Stanton is nothing more than a 2nd or 3rd stringer, Ok as a backup, definitely NOT A STARTER! I heard we just signed Mendenhall to a 1 yr deal which I would have liked more years but his recent injuries played a part, but when he’s healthy, he is a very nice back. I knew that getting Reggie was a damn rumor basically, they didn’t have a chance really. Reggie’ better right now too. Jerraud Powers??? I know of him but this ain’t gone cut it. Ain’t nobody throwing to Pat’s side if we get him. This is the Cardinals way though, always looking for a cheaper option rather than the best option.

  18. By Shawn Fox on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Big names don’t equal big wins, just ask the 2011/12 Eagles who got their coach fired. Yeah it’s great when you initially sign a big name, but you want people for their future production not their past, which has been the mistake of the cards in previous years. Quintin Groves is great proof of this, he doubled his career stats in one year here because we were willing to sign him on potential. I hate Menndenhal (sic), but I see how a young RB that is one of the better rated blocking backs in the league could fit into our offense. We’re going to be doing as much to protect our QB (Whomever that winds up being) as we can with these pieces, Bush couldn’t do that so I think it’s a way better addition. Let’s give it til May at least when we can see some on field work to start complaining.

  19. By Brian on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Chris Lewis and everyone else looking for more splashes in FA –

    How many marquee players have each of the 3 other teams in the NFC West picked up in FA that lead them to where they were last season? SF picked up Moss and Manningham(some seasons they had…wow, wish they were Cardinals with all the numbers they put up). SEA signed Matt Flynn who lost out to Russell Wilson…St Louis signed Finnegan but they still finished 3rd in the division. All of the talent on the top two teams we are chasing was drafted. SF – Gore, Kaepernick, Davis, Crabtree, Iupati, Davis, Staley, Boone, Hunter, James, Willis, Bowman, Goldson, Smith… Seattle-Wilson, Tate, Baldwin, Unger, Sweezy, Moffit, Okung, Wagner, Irvin, Sherman, Browner, Thomas, Chancellor… all of those guys are draft picks and played a significant role in their success last year.

    We are in a good position to solidify our OL in this draft because it is deep at the position. If we can keep Maualuga here and sign Cason to fill in a couple holes on defense where the draft may not be particularly deep then that makes sense. But we don’t need to spend a ton of money on Jake Long or Gholdson, or give up our future picks for Revis when we are going to have to pay Peterson in a year. Bush got $4 million a year from Detroit and he went their first because that was his choice. We didn’t tell him to go to Detroit first and they gave him more than we would have.

  20. By ored on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    agree that it is in kolbs’ best interest to re-do,otherwise stanton or whomever,at this point i have much more confidence in BA’s qb choice than i would have in whizs’.
    mendenhall was a previous 1st rounder i believe,and now has to prove himself again,so i think it’s a good signing.
    good for massie,he just got off to a rocky start,he was a rookie,give him a break,he did much better last part of the season.
    maulauga could be the thumper we need to pair with washingtom,and maybe give acho some reps there also,read a rumor on that one somewhere,would just make him that much more valuable.
    we already knew we needed more help at linebacking,this just may be the incentive to really prioritize the position,especially in a deep draft.i’m still of the belief that the o-line will be fine with minimal addittions,just better coaching,healthy players,and renewed emphasis that everybody blocks,it’s part of the job description.
    with the addittion of a dbl.digit sack linebacker,quality depth,and a pleasant surprise or two we should be back on track.
    i’m assuming that the qb and rb positions will be also further adressed in the draft,for the time being wide outs are good with maybe an eye out for a burner to stretch the may take a year or longer to get the qb situation nailed down maybe now is a good time to look at a high ceiing lb like hunt that can pay dividends down the road,althugh most the mocks have the 9ers taking him,and with their late 1st and early 2nd(thanks a lot KC) they can take a few chances.
    with our conference improving at this rate,we must be careful to do due diligence with our draft picks,not much room for error or we could be cellar dwellars for awhile,keep a good watch over players in our back yard,i’m liking some names that are’nt household yet.

  21. By Campbells on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Acho is evolving into a very good player. Good for him.
    Hope Massie does the same.
    We’ve picked up a few players. Definitely going to research several of them.
    Maybe we’ll have success this year with more journeymen than superstars. Winning is all I care about.

  22. By NJAzCardsFan on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    So far I am not impressed with the way things are going. Releasing some veteran leaders like A-Dub and Rhodes. Losing Toler, Groves. Mendenhall for Beanie is a wash. Signing Stanton? This team is overloaded with back-up QB’s. With every team in the NFC West getting better….. The defense won’t be as a good as last year.
    I see another 5-11 season, if we are lucky…..

    For all of those who vote thumbs down, I will remind you all in Dec……

  23. By Gary on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    So far I see a worse team than last year. We have let go more talent than we have brought in. Unless we are going to bring in some guys that are really good I don’t see where we have improved the team at all. Now if we are trying to go 0-16 this year then we are doing a great job.

  24. By William Barry on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Acho and Massie are VERY PRODUCTIVE players, and they deserve a raise. Don’t underestimate BA, as a coach, and I feel Keim will do much better, than Rod Graves

  25. By clssylssy on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    I keep seeing fans qualify their remarks by “if he can stay healthy”? Why would any team go after an “iffy” player and then throw big money at him and hold their breath? The Cards have not been REAL good at rolling the dice EVER! If we do sign players recovering from an injury it should be on a conditional contract for one year, like they gave Mendenthall. This year’s QB scene is grim and Kolb may have skills (???) but, has has had some MAJOR injuries (two concussions, severe chest trauma-borken ribs torn from sternum, turf toe) and his contract was insanity to start with and continues to drag this team down. If he was Adub, Rhodes or anybody else he would have been shown the door before now. Stanton know Arians or visa versa, and so hopefully there is a chemistry there than can be tapped into while a good draft pick is coached up OR in the unlikelihhood that we draft a good starting QB, he will give us some security as a good backup. With the exception of Alexander the rest of the signings don’t begin to makeup for the losses we have sustained through cuts or have our act together enough to keep players we had before they hit the door. I believe that Groves is the 2nd player to join Horton and the killer defense he is putting together, which says alot about how the players REALLY feel about the new regime. Cutting Kerry Rhodes and Adub are going to cost this team in ways, Mr. Bidwill hasn’t begun to consider but will when ticket sales drop. When you don’t have a team that is not a winner, fans pay to go see their favorite player not a bunch of players they never heard of!

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