Salary cap implications of what could happen with Rodney Hudson

The Cardinals expect Hudson to be on the team, but here are the cap consequences if he does not come back.

The most recent drama surrounding the Arizona Cardinals is the status of center Rodney Hudson. They “are going through some things” with Hudson, who has been absent from the team this offseason.

He did not show up for the voluntary part of the offseason and also did not report for mandatory minicamp.

The fear is that he is contemplating retirement or would like to be traded.

If he does not return to the team, it will impact the Cardinals’ salary cap.

Rodney Hudson’s 2022 cap hit

Hudson is due $10.85 million in salary in 2022. Originally, $1 million of his salary was guaranteed. According to Over the Cap, that guarantee increased to $5 million. His total cap hit is $12.61 million.

This is what the Cardinals want to happen. They want him to come back, play and start.

Head coach Kliff Kingsbury has been nothing but effusive with his praise for Hudson’s play on the field and importance to the team.

If Hudson chooses to retire

Speculation is that Hudson might retire. If that is the case, then he would forfeit his salary for the season. The Cardinals would not be responsible for it.

They would carry a $1.76 million charge to this year’s salary cap and $5.28 million in dead money in 2023.

However, the Cardinals, if they chose, could get cap relief by seeking repayment of as much as $7 million of the signing bonus they gave Hudson when he signed his three-year, $30 million contract extension last year. That could remove all the dead money charges they would carry, but only if they seek repayment.

If the Cardinals trade Hudson

There is the possibility that Hudson is seeking a trade from the Cardinals.

If he is traded, the Cardinals would carry $1.76 million in dead money this year and $5.28 million in dead money in 2023 because of the signing bonus he was paid last year with his extension.

If the Cardinals release Hudson

This likely will not happen. Because he is due $5 million in guaranteed salary, the Cardinals would be on the hook for that total. That would lead to a cap charge of $6.76 million in 2022 and $5.28 million in 2023.

But the Cardinals would not pay him $5 million to not be on the roster.

The only way he is not on the Cardinals’ roster this season is if he retires or if he is traded.

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Cardinals in bottom third of NFL in dead money

The Cardinals carry more than $10 million in dead money against this year’s salary cap but are ranked 23rd in total dead money right now.

With a hard salary cap in the NFL, teams must manage contracts and, sometimes, that leads to dead money.

The Arizona Cardinals have been a league leader in dead money in many seasons over the years. They are not this year.

According to Touchdown Wire’s rankings of all 32 teams and their dead money in 2022, the Cardinals rank only 23rd.

They have more than $10.3 million in dead money counting against the cap.

What is dead money?

It is a charge to the salary cap for money already paid to a player in the form of a bonus that had a prorated cap hit, or it is money that must be paid in guaranteed money.

For example, if a player signs a five-year contract and is given a $10 million signing bonus, the cap hit of that bonus is spread out over the five years — or $2 million per year. If a player is traded or cut before the end of his contract, the balance of the uncharged cap hit is counted toward the current year’s cap.

If a player is cut and has fully guaranteed salary due, the team must still pay the salary counts toward the cap. If traded to another team, the old team is not charged for the guaranteed salary because the new team is responsible for it.

In the case of a player being cut and the signing bonus charge is added to the cap, it is not a scenario where a team is paying a player not to be on the roster, the dead money is the salary cap charge for the money the team already paid and did not have count yet.

The Cardinals’ biggest dead money charge comes from defensive tackle Jordan Phillips. He was released in March and counts more than $3.3 million against the cap this year because of his signing bonus and a restructure bonus he received.

He was designated as a post-June cut.

The Cardinals will carry a total of more than $9.2 million in cap charges from his bonuses he received. But as a post-June 1 designation, only this year’s proration will count in 2022 and the remaining amount will be charged in 2023.

The NFL leader in dead money is the Atlanta Falcons with more than $63 million in dead money. More than $40 million comes from trading quarterback Matt Ryan.

The New York Jets have the smallest dead money total at almost $2.1 million.

The Cardinals will add more dead money when final cuts come and might have more relatively soon. Center Rodney Hudson has not reported to the team this year. If he were to retire or be traded, they would add $1.76 million in dead money.

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POLL: How much will Kyler Murray’s contract be per year?

Vote in the poll to tell us what you think Kyler Murray’s eventual contract extension will be.

Arizona Cardinals fans have been waiting for the news to break of quarterback Kyler Murray’s contract extension. It has been the main story of the offseason. His agent gave the team a contract offer after the season and then rescinded it after several other quarterbacks got big extensions.

Kliff Kingsbury hopes a deal is done before training camp, which will begin July 26 for veterans.

The extension is inevitable. The question is how much it will be.

Use the poll below to vote on how much you think the per-year average of his eventual deal will be.

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Cardinals’ interest in center prospects in 2022 draft now makes sense

With Rodney Hudson’s future with the team unsure, their interest in Tyler Linderbaum and Cam Jurgens now makes sense.

The Arizona Cardinals did not select a center in the 2022 NFL draft, but they had interest in at least two of them. At the time, it didn’t make sense, but with recent events things make more sense.

The Cardinals traded their first-round pick to acquire receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown. Had they kept the pick and not traded for Brown, they had targeted Tyler Linderbaum, the center prospect out of Iowa. He ended up being drafted 25th overall by the Baltimore Ravens.

The Cardinals had another targeted in the second round. They selected tight end Trey McBride with the 55th overall pick but had their eyes on Cam Jurgens, the Nebraska center selected 51st by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Both players would have been fine selections but with Rodney Hudson as the starting center, it would have meant having a Day 1 or Day 2 pick sitting for a year as rookies.

But with Hudson not showing up to OTAs or minicamp, it must be that the Cardinals knew before the draft that they might have needed a center.

Hudson is still under contract for two more seasons but he will be 34 years old later this year.

After missing out on Linderbaum and Jurgens, the Cardinals could be turning to Justin Pugh, who is trying his hand at center instead of left guard.

We still don’t know how the Hudson story will play out, but the Cardinals could be looking for a new starting center over the next few weeks.

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DeAndre Hopkins hopes to reduce 6-game suspension

The Cardinals receiver says he doesn’t take supplements and that his sample came back with 0.1% of a banned substance in his system.

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has been suspended for the first six games of the 2022 season after testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance. He and his agent have said publicly that he does not know how it happened.

He believes something he took was contaminated and planned on investigating it further.

He hopes to be able to reduce his suspension.

He spoke about the suspension and positive test Wednesday at a charity softball game that Phoenix Suns center JaVale McGee.

“We’re still doing some research right now so hopefully before the season starts, we can get the games down a little bit,” he said, according to 12 News’ Cameron Cox.

He says his positive test was not his fault.

“What it was, it was called Ostarine and it was 0.1% of it found in my system, which if you know what that is, it’s contamination and not something directly taken,” he explained.

“I’m pretty much a naturopathic kind of person,” he added. “I don’t take any supplements. I’ve never taken supplements. I barely take vitamins, so for something like that to happen to me, I was shocked, but my team and I are trying to figure out what’s going on.”

The Cardinals have a plan to prepare him to be ready for Week 7, but if he somehow can get his suspension reduced, maybe they will have to adjust the plan a little bit.

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NFL Network predicts another Cardinals’ collapse in 2022

NFL Network’s Adam Rank has the Cardinals starting the season 6-1 and finishing 8-9.

The Arizona Cardinals hope to follow up their 11-win 2021 campaign and trip to the playoffs with another successful season that has a better end.

In predictions I made after their schedule was released in May, I predicted an 11-6 season again and trip to the postseason.

NFL Network’s Adam Rank also gave his predictions for each game of the season for all 32 teams. They start hot again and fall apart.

Check them out below.

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No Cardinals set to attend ‘Tight End University’

Zach Ertz participated last offseason but neither he, Maxx Williams nor rookie Trey McBride are slated as confirmed attendees for the summit.

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce teamed up with San Francisco 49ers tight end and former Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks tight end Greg Olsen to bring back “Tight End University” for the second year in a row.

It is a type of gathering for players of the positions around the league to be together and learn their craft.

Many tight ends around the league are confirmed attendees.

No Arizona Cardinals tight ends are expected to be there — no Zach Ertz, no Maxx Williams, no Trey McBride.

Ertz participated in the first one last offseason. However, things are different. He is in Arizona. His wife is pregnant.

Williams is rehabbing a torn ACL. McBride is a rookie.

Perhaps we will see Arizona’s tight ends participating next year.

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Positions the Cardinals should address before training camp

The Cardinals have had a chance to evaluate their position groups. These 4 spots could use more talent.

The Arizona Cardinals are off for the summer until training camp. They completed their offseason program and have had the opportunity to see all the players on the roster.

Head coach Kliff Kingsbury said last week that he isn’t thinking much about the final 53-man roster, but that he was more concerned with evaluating the different position groups and seeing where they need to add reinforcements before camp next month.

While we aren’t privy to their specific evaluations, there are some positions that stand out as areas where the Cardinals could use more talent.

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Free agent DT Ndamukong Suh to continue playing, rules out return to Buccaneers

With Ndamukong Suh set to move on from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, should the Cardinals be interested?

Free agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is still a free agent after spending the last three seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Suh was an integral part of the team’s success and particularly their Super Bowl run in 2020, but it does not appear he will be returning to South Florida.

The 35-year-old appeared on ESPN Monday morning to discuss his future, where he spoke of his desire to continue playing with someone else.

“It looks like the Bucs are out of the picture,” he said, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Cardinals are a team that should be interested in Suh’s services, even at his age. Vance Joseph’s defense has struggled against the run in recent years and Suh could only help. It remains unclear what sort of contract he would demand at this point in his career.

General manager Steve Keim has made a number of late offseason additions that ended up being key contributors. Suh is a player that could add to that list, as he was still impactful with the Bucs last year.

Suh played under Vance Joseph in 2016 when he was the defensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins. There should be a level of familiarity there where Suh can come in and have an immediate impact.

Last season, Suh played in all 17 games for the Bucs and accumulated 6 sacks and 13 QB hits. He also had seven tackles for loss. It’s quite evident he can still play and perhaps the best attribute is his consistent availability, something the Cardinals have struggled with along the defensive line.

Could Ndamukong Suh be another patented “Keim Time” signing?

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Kliff Kingsbury to be ‘unreachable’ for next month

Kingsbury will get out of the country for about three weeks before he gears up for training camp and the grind of the NFL season.

Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury is a tireless worker during most of the year. He is usually the first one in the building in the morning and football consumes his mind for most of the year.

With the conclusion of mandatory minicamp last week, veterans are done until training camp and Kingsbury finally takes a break.

“The next month is my time,” he said last week. “Y’all won’t see me.”

He isn’t just getting out of town. He is leaving the U.S. for now.

“I will be of the country,” he said, “unreachable for any of y’all.”

He won’t have to do press conferences or radio interviews. He gets away from football for a bit.

Next month, though, he will be back in the building and the grind begins.

“I get away for about three weeks and then we’ll get in and start finalizing scripts for training camp,” he said.

That would be roughly the week of July 11, about two weeks before players report for camp, which will begin sometime at the end of July.

At this time of year, the place to find him is probably near some sandy beach with a tropical climate.

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