The Arizona Cardinals have re-signed Budda Baker to a 4-year, $59 million extension. This now makes Baker the highest-paid safety in the NFL. This deal runs through 2024 with $33.1 million guaranteed.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on the news via Twitter on Tuesday
Arizona is making 24-year-old, two-time, Pro-Bowl selection Budda Baker the highest-paid safety in the NFL history, giving him a four-year, $59 million contract extension ($14.75M average per year), sources tell ESPN.
Asked about the deal, agent @DavidMulugheta confirmed it.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 25, 2020
The 24-year-old Baker has proven himself to be a great player but there some red flags in his stats. In his three years in the league Baker has not recorded a single interception.
Baker’s stats through three years sit at 323 tackles, 3.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and 14 pass deflections. Both of his last two seasons Baker led all safeties in tackles. In the 2019-2020 season Baker finished with 120 tackles which is a career high for him.
The Cardinals re-signing Baker was bound to happen. He’s very valuable as a leader on their defense and still has a lot of tread on his tires. The Cardinals have been building up a young roster for the future and locking up Baker allows them to do that.
This impacts the future of the franchise in a number of ways. On the bright side they have a young defensive cornerstone for the next four years. That comes at a bigger burden to the team though as Baker’s massive contract takes up loads of cap space.
The Cardinals finished the 2019-2020 season with five wins, 10 losses and one tie. Behind rookie quarterback Kyler Murray they finished last in the powerhouse conference of the NFC West