TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Cardinals gave strong safety
Adrian Wilson a $21 million, five-year contract extension Thursday,
a move hailed by teammates as evidence the front office is serious
about building a winner.
The deal reportedly includes a bonus of between $4.5 million and
$5 million. Because Wilson signed before the end of the season, the
team will be able to absorb part of that under this year's salary
cap, spreading the total cap hit over a six-year period.
Wilson, a third-round draft pick from North Carolina State in
2001, hopes to spend the rest of his career with the Cardinals
under coach Dennis Green.
"I think coach Green has a plan here in place, and I want to be
a part of it," he said.
Green listed the defensive back as one of four players who
exemplify the team he's trying to build. All are defensive
standouts: Wilson, rookie linebacker Karlos Dansby, rookie tackle
Darnell Dockett and end Bertrand Berry, the team's only 2005 Pro
"Not slighting anyone else on our football team, but they do
represent kind of the speed and movement aspect of our team that we
think will be a staple for years to come," Green said.
Wilson is second on the Cardinals in tackles (90) and unassisted
tackles (71), a career high.
He has two interceptions, one forced fumble and the first three
fumble recoveries of his career. Wilson returned one 35 yards for a
touchdown in Arizona's 34-10 victory over New Orleans on Oct. 3.
The three-year starter has 308 tackles and eight interceptions
in his career.