Cardinals sign safety Wilson to $39 million contractPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Cardinals have signed two-time Pro Bowl safety Adrian Wilson to a new five-year, $39 million contract, with $18.5 million guaranteed.
The new deal puts Wilson under contract to the Cardinals through the 2013 season.
Wilson is the hard-hitting leader of the Cardinals' defense and was a Pro Bowl selection in the 2006 and 2008 seasons.
His old contract was due to expire after the coming season, and re-signing him was the Cardinals' top offseason priority.
The 29-year-old Wilson is entering his ninth NFL season and has 18 career interceptions and 18 1/2 sacks.
Only eight players in NFL history have at least 20 interceptions and 20 sacks.
Next on Arizona's list is a long-term deal for linebacker Karlos Dansby, who has been designated the team's franchise player for the second year in a row.
Once that happens, Cardinals general manager Rod Graves has said he will turn his attention to trying to work out a new deal with disgruntled Pro Bowl wide receiver Anquan Boldin.
Also yesterday, the Cardinals signed 6-foot-7, 382-pound rookie offensive lineman Herman Johnson to a three-year contract.
Johnson was Arizona's fifth-round pick out of LSU and is the first of the Cardinals' 2009 draft picks to sign with the team.