Just five months after signing a five year contract worth nearly $40 million dollars, Adrian Wilson has restructured his new deal in an effort to give some salary cap relief to the Arizona Cardinals. At the time his deal was signed, we noted that his cap number for 2009 would be nearly $10 million. After that signing and a couple of smaller roster moves the Cardinals were currently right up against the cap (roughly $700K) and with some incentives likely to be reached the team projected themselves to be around $200K under the cap. Wilson, who was due to make $8.5 million this season, will still make the same amount but the team converted three million of that salary into a bonus which they can then spread over the life of the contract. The end result is a $2.4 million dollar cap savings without actually changing the amount that Wilson is getting paid.
Before anyone gets their hopes up, this doesn't have anything to do with Anquan Boldin's or Darnell Dockett's contract status. This cap savings, first of all, isn't enough to hand them new deals and more importantly for this season it'll go towards signing players once guys go down with injuries.