Cardinals sign safety Wilson to $39 million contract

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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.