On Tuesday, Budda Baker signed a four 12 months, $59 million contract extension with the Cardinals, making him the very best paid security in NFL historical past.
Sources instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter concerning the historic extension. Baker, a 2x Professional-Bowler, will earn $14.75 million a 12 months and might be assured $33.1 million.
Arizona is making 24-year-old, two-time, Professional-Bowl choice Budda Baker the highest-paid security within the NFL historical past, giving him a four-year, $59 million contract extension ($14.75M common per 12 months), sources inform ESPN.
Requested concerning the deal, agent confirmed it.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter)
For the intense younger star in AZ, Baker Budda is:
— The very best paid security NFL historical past
— $14.75M a 12 months common.
— $33.1M assured.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet)
A Budding Budda Baker
Baker, 24, is simply getting into his 4th season within the league. The Cardinals chosen him within the second spherical of the 2017 draft out of Washington, and initially supposed to make the most of him at robust security.
He earned a Professional Bowl choice for his efficiency on particular groups in his rookie 12 months however solely began 7 video games at SS. When Kliff Kingsbury arrived in Arizona, he moved Baker to free security, the place he blossomed.
Baker was chosen to his second Professional Bowl after he recorded a league excessive 107 tackles in 2019. In his time within the NFL, Baker really has improved each season and proven that he’s maybe essentially the most versatile defensive participant in soccer. He has performed 186 snaps at edge, 460 at LB, 882 at slot CB, and 708 at FS.
It’s comprehensible, subsequently, why the Cardinals had been able to spend a lot to maintain him. Baker might be in Arizona by way of 2024 and would be the key piece within the Cardinals’ protection.
This contract extension reveals how a lot sport has modified within the final 10 years. Nonetheless good Baker has been, he has solely been within the league for three years.
Furthermore, he has didn’t report a single interception within the NFL. Take into consideration that for a second. The very best paid security in league historical past has not picked the ball off as soon as in his profession.
Solely four different gamers on the place common above $14 million a 12 months: Eddie Jackson, Landon Collins, Kevin Byard, and Tyrann Mathieu.