Cardinals Make Budda Baker the Highest-Paid Safety in NFL History

Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker. Photo by Trask Smith/CSM/Shutterstock (9230203cf)

The Arizona Cardinals and Pro Bowl Budda Baker have reportedly agreed to a contract extension which will make the 24-year-old safety the highest-paid player at his position in the history of the NFL.

Baker and the Cardinals have come to an agreement on a four-year, $59 million contract extension which will keep him in Arizona through the 2023 season.

The former second-round pick has become one of the top safeties in the league since being drafted out of the University of Washington in 2017.

After only starting seven games during his rookie campaign, Baker entrenched himself as a full-time starter in 2018 and has been named to the NFC Pro Bowl squad in two seasons as a defensive stalwart for Arizona.

Last season was Baker’s best, as he recorded a total of 104 tackles, 6 pass breakups, and one forced fumble. Despite a disappointing 5-10-1 regular-season record for the team last year, they are clearly on the rise, and Baker is set to be an important part of their defensive framework.

Financial deals of the contract, outside of the total dollar amount, have yet to be announced. Expect the Cardinals to officially announce the deal at some point this week.