The recent reported contract extension for veteran defensive lineman Frostee Rucker keeps him under contract through 2016. However, while most contract extensions spread a cap hit over the length of the contract and add dead money down the line, Frostee's contract is about money this year.
Officially, it is a one-year, $3.1 million extension, according to the contract numbers reported by Aaron Wilson.
Rucker already makes $1.1 million for this season. He was paid a $500,000 roster bonus Tuesday. His cap hit for this season is $2.18 million, so his number went up a little bit. His salary for this season is not guaranteed.
He can make up to $275,000 this season in playing time and sack incentives. He also can earn up to another $250,000 in roster bonuses, based on being on the active for each game. He will make $15,625 each week he is on the roster.
Next season, he will make $1 million in salary. His cap hit will be a little more than $1.5 million. He also has another $275,000 incentives and, like 2015, will get up to $250,000 for each game he is active. However, there will be no dead money, so if he is released, they will carry not cap hit.
It is a perfect deal to get Rucker more money now and incent him to stay healthy and play well enough to be active on game days. No way the Cardinals lose, really.