Offensive lineman Paul Fanaika was a big surprise in 2013 training camp when he came out and earned himself a starting job and then a contract extension, albeit for a modest salary. Yes, the starting job in 2013 was more of the result of Jonathan Cooper' broken leg, but he also held off Earl Watford in 2014.
He will get paid handsomely, too. It won't be the $8 million per year average the Cardinals are paying Mike Iupati, but reporter Mike Jurecki heard Fanaika will command more than $3 million per year. The journeyman lineman earned $680,000 and $780,000 each of the last two seasons.
Fanaika, an Arizona State product, was drafted initially by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009, when Andy Reid was their head coach, who now coaches the Chiefs. He was a tackle initially and bounced around until the Cardinals moved him inside to guard. Now he will get a long-term contract.