Breaking down new Cards’ contracts

March, 14, 2014
TEMPE, Ariz. -- With free agency in full gear, the news about the Arizona Cardinals' signings has been coming in steady. Here is a breakdown of a few of those contracts, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Ted Ginn Jr.: Arizona made Ginn the third-highest-paid receiver on the team with an average of $3.25 million per season. He received a $2.25 million signing bonus in 2014 and a fully guaranteed $1 million base salary. In 2015 and 2016, Ginn’s entire salary will be his base of $3.25 million.

John Carlson: The tight end’s contract is low-risk, high reward for the Cardinals.

Arizona signed Carlson to a two-year contract worth $3.2 million, according to ESPN Stats & Information. He received a $100,000 signing bonus.

Carlson’s base salary in 2014 will be $800,000 and he’ll be eligible for a $700,000 roster bonus, of which $100,000 will be awarded on Aug. 14, and $37,500 will be handed out for every game he’s active. In 2015, Carlson’s base salary will be $1 million with a roster bonus of $600,000, which breaks down to $37,500 for each active game. However, if Carlson is on the Cardinals’ roster on the third day of the 2015 league year and he had 55 or more receptions in 2014, he’ll earn another $150,000.

Ted Larsen: The offensive lineman was signed to a two-year, $2.6 million contract.

His base salary in 2014 will be $730,000 with signing bonus of $470,000. He’ll receive a workout bonus of $25,000 and a roster bonus of $75,000, which breaks down to $4,687.50 for every game he’s active.

In 2015, Larsen’s base salary increases to $1.2 million with the same workout and roster bonuses.

Jonathan Dwyer: The running back's one-year contract is worth $795,000, which includes a $65,000 signing bonus.

Josh Weinfuss

ESPN Arizona Cardinals reporter



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