The Arizona Cardinals have been able to get one of their pending free agents re-signed.
According to Adam Schefter and Ian Rapoport, the Arizona Cardinals have made Budda Baker the highest paid safety in NFL history signing the All Pro to a massive four-year $59 million contract extension with a $33.1 million guarantee.
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.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 25, 2020
Asked about the deal, agent @DavidMulugheta confirmed it.
For the bright young star in AZ, Baker Budda is:— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 25, 2020
— The highest paid safety NFL history
— $14.75M a year average.
— $33.1M guaranteed.
$33.1M guarantee https://t.co/tNVLZPBXZg
Baker lead the NFL in solo tackles in 2019 and for his career has 323 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 18 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles and 14 passes defended, but has never had an interception in his NFL career.
Which makes this contract even more impressive, when you consider that the highest paid safety in NFL history has never had an interception.
Baker was a second round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft for the Cardinals and has made two Pro Bowls and been an All Pro one time in his first three seasons in the NFL.
The 24-year old Baker will be a key part to what the Arizona Cardinals hope is a dynamic and improved defense in 2020.
Congratulations to Budda.