Originally written on The Football Fan Spot  |  Last updated 11/18/14

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 05: Starting Quarterback Trent Edwards #5 of the Buffalo Bills suffers a concussion after getting hit by Strong Safety Adrian Wilson #24 of the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of their NFL Game on October 5, 2008 at Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
This is a complicated deal. Wilson was owed 14.5 million combined over the next 2 seasons. This deal rips up those two years and replaces them with base salaries of 3 million and 3.5 million in each of the next two seasons. There are also performance incentives over the next 2 years of the deal which will allow him to “earn back” his old salary through various milestones. These milestones include things like making the Pro Bowl, as well as reaching certain numbers of snaps played, sacks, interceptions, fumble recoveries and touchdowns. It looks doubtful that he’ll reach all of them, so he almost definitely took a pay cut over the next 2 years. The Cardinals will also save 4.125 million towards the cap this season, which is very important because they were backed up against it. In addition, this contract adds an additional 2 years to Wilson’s original deal, which function much like the first 2 years, meaning they’re heavily incentive based. The base salaries for those 2 seasons are 3...
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