Extra money for lesser paid Cards

Posted by Darren Urban on March 24, 2014 – 1:59 pm

Part of the collective bargaining agreement is the performance-based pay system every season. Each team has a pool of money — this year it is $3.46 million — to distribute among all the players who played for it the previous season. The money is doled out based on playing time and the amount of money you made in the first place. In other words, think of the lesser paid players (rookies, cheap starters) who played a ton. They get the most cash. There is a caveat. Players don’t actually get the money until April 1, 2016, an agreement made by the players’ union in a trade to have a larger 2013 salary cap.

For the Cardinals, safety Yeremiah Bell made the most. Bell was paid just $905,000 last season (adjusted, with his veteran status, to a $621,000 salary cap hit) but played almost 80 percent of the defensive snaps. That earned him an extra $263,097.

Nine Cardinals total earned an extra six figures through the distribution:

— T Bradley Sowell $247,150 ($480,000 adjusted compensation last season)
— G Paul Fanaika $223,625 ($683,500)
— S Tyrann Mathieu $209,788 ($570,625)
— TE Jim Dray $165,375 ($647,850)
— S Tony Jefferson $131,510 ($408,366)
— WR Jaron Brown $125,954 ($408,000)
— RB Andre Ellington $125,680 ($430,966)
— DL Frostee Rucker $104,261 ($624,200)

Everybody who played in a game got something — even linebacker Vic So’oto, who signed in Week 4 and briefly played against Tampa Bay before suffering an injury that ended his Arizona tenure. Of the nine, Dray, of course, is gone, having signed with the Browns. Bell is unsigned but there is still a chance the Cards could bring him back. The other seven are on the roster and figure to be a part of the 2014 roster.


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Arians: LB Okafor is out for the season

Posted by Darren Urban on September 24, 2013 – 5:44 pm

Coach Bruce Arians just said on his weekly Sirius XM NFL radio spot that rookie linebacker Alex Okafor has suffered a torn biceps tendon — in New Orleans, like everyone else — and will miss the rest of the season. That’s another killer blow at a position the Cardinals cannot afford losses. That means the only two outside linebackers left on the active roster that were with the team going into the weekend are converted defensive ends Matt Shaughnessy and John Abraham. Brutal doesn’t begin to describe the outside linebacker situation.

Arians also said Kenny Demens will be promoted from the practice squad, but Demens has been an inside linebacker. The Cards signed linebacker Vic So’oto just today, and promoted Dontay Moch from the practice squad — and apparently those guys are going to play right away. Arians talked often this offseason about how the Colts suffered so many injuries last season he often as interim coach had to take a guy and play him only a few days after signing him. Now he unfortunately is in the same boat with the Cardinals.

Here’s the audio from the show.

Linebacker Daryl Washington — who arrived in Florida tonight to take part in the week’s meetings — returns from suspension next week, but that still doesn’t solve the outside issues.

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Cards add linebacker after injuries

Posted by Darren Urban on September 24, 2013 – 10:22 am

The Cardinals promoted Dontay Moch from the practice squad to aid with their linebacker woes, and today, they did more, signing linebacker Vic So’oto. So’oto has spent time with the Packers, Raiders and Redskins since arriving in the league in 2011. He’ll give them a body for now. Holdovers Matt Shaughnessy, John Abraham, Alex Okafor and Moch will be ahead of him on the depth chart. Officially, Okafor will be listed as the first-unit Sam linebacker, with Moch and So’oto behind him. At Will LB, Shaughnessy is first, ahead of Abraham.

The Cards also added linebacker Bruce Taylor to the practice squad. Taylor, an undrafted rookie, was with the Bengals in training camp.

Next week, the Cards will also get back linebacker Daryl Washington from suspension. Adding So’oto means they have filled the roster back to 53, meaning someone will have to be released to get Washington back and active.

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