Markus Golden contract extension details, salary, salary cap implications

The Cardinals still get a huge bargain in Golden’s new deal and he gets more cash this year and an extra year of security.

Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker signed a two-year contract in 2021 to come back to the team. It was a bargain of a deal. Before the season began this year, he agreed to a contract extension worth up to a reported $6.5 million.

Over the Cap has had his contract details for a bit but it wasn’t written about here and I have not seen it elsewhere, so let’s go through the numbers for his new deal.

Old contract numbers for 2022

Entering the final year of his deal, he was due $2 million in salary, none of which was guaranteed, and up to $250,000 in per-game roster bonuses. He could earn up to $2 million in incentives for reaching certain sack numbers.

His original cap hit was scheduled to be $3 million but, because he earned $1 million in sack incentives in 2021, that number was added to this year’s cap.

His cap hit was going to be $4 million.

Markus Golden contract extension details, salary

The extension is worth a total of $6.91 million. While called a one-year extension, it is essentially a two-year deal worth nearly $7 million.

He received a signing bonus of $2.16 million. His salary, previously an unguaranteed $2 million, now is a fully guaranteed $1.5 million.

Instead of per-game roster bonuses worth up to $250,000, that total is now up to $170,000 or $10,000 per game.

Instead of the $2.25 million he was due to make in total cash in 2022, now he will get more than $3.8 million.

In 2023, his salary increases to $2.91 million and he again has per-game roster bonuses up to $170,000.

Salary cap numbers

He was going to have a $4 million cap hit this year.

With his $1.5 million salary, the $750,000 in previous signing bonus proration, $1.08 million in new signing bonus proration, his per-game roster bonuses and his $1 million performance incentives earned from last year, his cap hit increases slightly to $4.33 million.

That cap hit is $4.16 million in 2023.

It went from being a bargain to being a bargain again.

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NFL Predictions, Game Previews, Schedule, Lines, How To Watch: Week 5

NFL predictions, schedule, game previews, lines, how to watch, and TV listings for Week 5 of the 2022 season

NFL predictions, schedule, lines, how to watch, and TV listings for Week 5 of the 2022 season highlighted by Dallas at the Rams, Pittsburgh at Buffalo, and Las Vegas at Kansas City


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SU: 36-21-1, ATS: 28-27-3, Point Total: 32-25-1
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No suspension coming for Will Hernandez; could be fined

Hernandez will still be able to play in Week 5 against the Philadelphia Eagles after getting ejected vs. the Panthers.

Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman Will Hernandez was ejected in the second half of the team’s 26-16 win over the Carolina Panthers. He was tossed, getting flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct against an official.

He will not be suspended, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. He could receive a fine.

The incident occurred after Panthers linebacker Frankie Luvu threw running back James Conner to the ground after the play had been whistled dead. He was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct but Hernandez went to confront Luvu and defend Conner.

However, on the way to get to Luvu, he ran into one of the officials. He did not push him but did go through him to get to Luvu.

Head coach Kliff Kingsbury said what Hernandez did can’t happen.

“You can’t have that,” he told reporters Monday. “In that situation, we had a lineman down already, so we’ve got to be smarter than that. You do appreciate him having his teammates back and they all know that, but we can’t put our team in that type of position.”

This is good news for the Cardinals about there being no suspension. They might have to play without left guard Justin Pugh, who is again day-to-day with an elbow injury.

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Arizona Cardinals vs Carolina Panthers Prediction, Game Preview

Arizona Cardinals vs Carolina Panthers game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 4 game on Sunday, October 2

Arizona Cardinals vs Carolina Panthers prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 4, Sunday, October 2


Arizona Cardinals vs Carolina Panthers How To Watch

Date: Sunday, October 2
Game Time: 3:05 ET
Venue: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
How To Watch: FOX
Record: Arizona Cardinals (1-2), Carolina Panthers (1-2)
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Arizona Cardinals vs Carolina Panthers Game Preview

Why Arizona Cardinals Will Win

Just don’t turn the ball over.

Carolina is going to be deep in the hunt for the No. 1 overall pick as the season goes on – or at least in the top ten – but it was finally able to get a win last week against New Orleans with a +3 turnover margin.

Arizona hasn’t been perfect, and there are big concerns, but it has only given up one turnover so far.

The Panthers aren’t doing enough against the run, their offense is among the worst in the the league – especially running the ball – and now Christian McCaffrey is iffy.

But …

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Why Carolina Panthers Will Win

Few teams have as many injury issues as Arizona.

Kyler Murray is good enough to overcome a slew of problems, but the passing game is among the worst in the NFL at hitting the downfield throws, the defense is last in the NFL at allowing big plays, and Carolina and Baker Mayfield are way overdue to make things happen.

Carolina has been balanced with a solid ground game, but the Panthers will push past 200 passing yards for the first time since the opener against Cleveland.

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What’s Going To Happen

It took a miracle for Arizona to come up with its lone win of the season in overtime against the Raiders.

This is has been one of those teams going back to last year that thrives on the road – 8-1 away from Glendale before the playoffs – and it needs the plane ride.

The Carolina offense won’t be able to take advantage of the porous Cardinal defense.

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Arizona Cardinals vs Carolina Panthers Prediction, Line

Arizona 24, Carolina 20
Line: Carolina -0.5, o/u: 43.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Arizona Cardinals vs Carolina Panthers Must See Rating: 3

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NFL Predictions, Game Previews, Schedule, Lines, How To Watch: Week 4

NFL predictions, schedule, game previews, lines, how to watch, and TV listings for Week 4 of the 2022 season

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SU: 24-17-1, ATS: 21-20-1, Point Total: 27-14-1
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Thursday, September 29, 2022

Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals

Prediction: Cincinnati 27, Miami 23
Line: Cincinnati -3.5, o/u: 47
Final Score: Cincinnati 27, Miami 15

Sunday, October 2, 2022

Minnesota Vikings vs New Orleans Saints

9:30 am, NFL Network
Prediction: COMING
Line: Minnesota -2.5, o/u: 44
Final Score: COMING

Cleveland Browns at Atlanta Falcons

1:00, CBS
Prediction: COMING
Line: Cleveland -1.5, o/u: 50
Final Score: COMING

Washington Commanders at Dallas Cowboys

1:00, FOX
Prediction: COMING
Line: Dallas -3, o/u: 42.5
Final Score: COMING

Seattle Seahawks at Detroit Lions

1:00, FOX
Prediction: COMING
Line: Detroit -6, o/u: 50
Final Score: COMING

Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts

1:00, FOX
Prediction: COMING
Line: Indianapolis -3, o/u: 42.5
Final Score: COMING

Chicago Bears at New York Giants

1:00, FOX
Prediction: COMING
Line: New York Giants -3, o/u: 38.5
Final Score: COMING

Jacksonville Jaguars at Philadelphia Eagles

1:00, CBS
Prediction: COMING
Line: Philadephia -6.5, o/u: 48.5
Final Score: COMING

New York Jets at Pittsburgh Steelers

1:00, CBS
Prediction: COMING
Line: Pittsburgh -3.5, o/u: 41.5
Final Score: COMING

Buffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens

1:00, CBS
Prediction: COMING
Line: Buffalo 3.5, o/u: 52
Final Score: COMING

Los Angeles Chargers at Houston Texans

1:00, CBS
Prediction: COMING
Line: Los Angeles Chargers -5, o/u: 44.5
Final Score: COMING

Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers

4:05, FOX
Prediction: COMING
Line: Carolina -1.5, o/u: 44
Final Score: COMING

New England Patriots at Green Bay Packers

4:25, CBS
Prediction: COMING
Line: Green Bay -10.5, o/u: 40
Final Score: COMING

Denver Broncos at Las Vegas Raiders

4:25, CBS
Prediction: COMING
Line: Las Vegas -2, o/u: 44.5
Final Score: COMING

Kansas City Chiefs at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

8:20, NBC
Prediction: COMING
Line: Kansas City -2.5, o/u: 45
Final Score: COMING

Monday, October 3, 2022

Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers

8:15, ESPN
Prediction: COMING
Line: San Francisco -2.5, o/u: 42.5
Final Score: COMING

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DL Zach Allen one of players Vance Joseph is counting on

Vance Joseph discussed how Allen has elevated himself as a critical member of the defense.

The Arizona Cardinals were ecstatic when Zach Allen became available to them in the third round of the 2019 draft. The team had a first-round grade on Allen and did not anticipate him falling that far.

Three years later and Allen has become one of the ascending players on the defense. Defensive coordinator Vance Joseph believes he’s improved every year and is now one of the players the team counts on as a whole.

“As a rusher, he’s winning,” he said on Thursday. “The ball is coming out fairly fast (and) he’s winning his one-on-ones. Zach’s one of our guys that we count on playing good each week and he’s done that for us.”

Joseph mentioned that, injuries aside, Allen needed to add more size and strength, which has really expedited his development.

“He’s got bigger and stronger since his rookie year,” Joseph said. “That was Zach’s main issue. It wasn’t ability or how he played or his smarts — it was his body. He’s changed his body so now he’s making more plays in the trenches.

The Cardinals have a good defensive line duo in J.J. Watt and Zach Allen, both of which are not being helped by the current state of the edge rusher room.

Allen is going to be a pivotal part of the Cardinals’ defensive success or failures this season and the team would love for him to play into a contract extension this offseason.

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Kyler Murray’s running ability is being hampered by Cardinals’ game plan

Cardinals QB Kyler Murray says he’s just following the gameplan when it comes to not running the ball.

The Arizona Cardinals and their fanbase saw exactly what kind of player Kyler Murray can be when he uses his legs in their thrilling Week 2 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders.

The Cardinals had no offensive movement until Murray began to take control of the game with his legs, ultimately leading them to the win.

The next week, however, Murray’s legs were a non-factor against the Rams and it appeared to be by design. Of course, the Rams were playing a spy and are in general a much better defense than the Raiders, but some designed runs could have really boosted the struggling offense in a winnable game.

Apparently, Murray’s lack of rushing in recent weeks, as well as the end of the 2021 season, are by head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s design.

When asked about using his legs in the gameplan on Wednesday,  Murray said, “It’s more so if I’m asked to do it then I do it…I’ve said I would love to implement that more but I just do what I’m asked to.”

It seems apparent that Murray would be comfortable utilizing his legs more in the game plan, but Kingsbury has been calling plays otherwise.

Prior to injuries and the overall collapse last season, the Cardinals were having loads of success with a pass-heavy scheme. This was when DeAndre Hopkins, Christian Kirk, A.J. Green and Rondale Moore were all healthy and at their best.

While that offense was electric, the Cardinals clearly do not have that personnel on the field right now, nor did they when they lost Hopkins to a knee injury last season.

Take the Baltimore Ravens for example. They are thriving behind the legs of Jackson without Hollywood Brown. That is the sort of scheme that could be replicated with Murray’s skillset, at least while Hopkins and the other receivers are banged up.

Part of having an elite offense is being able to adjust. It doesn’t appear the Cardinals have changed their scheme whatsoever to meet their current strengths and weaknesses.

The Cardinals’ offense was to blame for the team’s Week 3 loss to the Rams and they’ll need to perform better this week. If the team can be .500 or better when Hopkins returns, they may be alright. If not, the critics will only grow louder.

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Rondale Moore among Cardinals’ 4 NFLPA player reps

These four players will act as representatives of the Players Association for the Arizona Cardinals.

This year, the NFL Players Association has four player representatives from the Arizona Cardinals to help promote player safety and welfare and act as ambassadors for the team.

OLB Dennis Gardeck, CB Antonio Hamilton, WR Rondale Moore and ILB Zaven Collins are all player representatives this year.

The Players Association is in the spotlight following a near-disastrous head injury to Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in Week 4’s Thursday Night Football contest.

There is plenty of criticism from the NFLPA on how Miami’s medical staff handled a severe head injury from the week prior and subsequently allowing Tagovailoa to play just a few days later.

These four Cardinals will likely be involved in plenty of player safety meetings over the course of this season and will be responsible for being representatives of the NFLPA.

Player representatives are selected by their teammates in the fall of every even-numbered year, according to the NFLPA. Gardeck, Hamilton, Moore and Collins will serve their roles for this season as well as the next.

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CB Trayvon Mullen expected to see first defensive snaps of season

So far this season after being traded to the Cardinals, he has been inactive twice and used on special teams once.

The Arizona Cardinals are finally ready to use cornerback Trayon Mullen on defense.

Through the first three weeks of the season, Mullen has been inactive twice and then played only on special teams.

That will change in Week 4 as the Cardinals prepare for the Carolina Panthers.

Defensive coordinator Vance Joseph told reporters after practice that Mullen would “absolutely” get defensive snaps this week.

Mullen was acquired via trade before the season from the Las Vegas Raiders for a conditional seventh-round draft pick. He had an injured toe when he arrived and had not been with the team in camp, so he had to get healthy and did not practice for the first time until two weeks ago.

At 6-2 and 200 lbs, he will add length to the defensive backfield. Byron Murphy has played well. Marco Wilson had a great game last week. Jace Whittaker played a lot last week but struggled. The Cardinals have used three standard elevations on Whittaker this season already to bring him up from the practice squad. Those have been used up.

Now is the time for Mullen, at least until Antonio Hamilton returns, which is probably at least a couple of weeks away.

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What’s new with the Panthers in 2022?

Take a look at how the Panthers are different since these two teams last met in November of 2021.

The Carolina Panthers have been a complete mess during the Matt Rhule era, yet have continued their dominance over the Cardinals.

Last season, the Panthers killed the Cards 34-10 at State Farm Stadium. The previous year, the Panthers beat the Cards 31-21 in Carolina.

This offseason, the Panthers acquired former No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield from the Browns with hopes to finally end their quarterback carousel.

To this point, Mayfield has been shaky outside of a near-comeback against his former team in Week 1. His highest passing yardage total is 234, although he has limited the interceptions, only throwing one to this point.

The Panthers did not make many splash moves in free agency outside of Mayfield, but made an effort to re-sign many of their own and bring in solid starters.

One of the few they let go, surprisingly, was former Cardinal Haason Reddick. Reddick had 11 sacks for the Panthers last season, yet Carolina opted to let him walk.

They also allowed Stephon Gilmore to walk in free agency after trading for him before the deadline in October. Gilmore, who had been connected to the Cardinals on numerous occasions, eventually signed with the Indianapolis Colts.

The Panthers added a few starters in Xavier Woods, Austin Corbett, Matt Ioannidis and Johnny Hekker. All are solid contributors and certainly make the team better.

The Panthers’ clear goal of the offseason was a belief in their core players to be elevated by quarterback stability. They have a solid offensive core running back Christian McCaffrey and receivers D.J. Moore and Robbie Anderson, but they have yet to put up tons of points.

Defensively, their young group continues to improve,  highlighted by Jeremy Chinn, Brian Burns, Jaycee Horn and Yetur Gross-Matos. That unit will be facing a decimated Cardinals offense this Sunday.

Here’s a more detailed list of the Panthers’ offseason moves:

Panthers’ key offseason additions

  • G Austin Corbett
  • DL Matt Ioannidis
  • S Xavier Woods
  • P Johnny Hekker
  • LB Corey Littleton
  • LB Damien Wilson

Panthers’ key offseason losses

  • CB Stephon Gilmore
  • QB Cam Newton
  • OLB Haason Reddick

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