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Antrel could get rolled out of Arizona

NFL_rolle_250.jpgAs he enters the final year of his rookie deal, Cardinals safety Antrel Rolle is due to earn a base salary of $8.11 million.

Then there’s a $4 million roster bonus due next week.

Based on 2009 wages, the Cardinals already employ the highest-paid safety in the NFL — Adrian Wilson, who made $7.039 million last season.

So Rolle, who has said he’s not taking a pay cut and who has coughed up $2.2 million in back taxes to the IRS, could be hitting the open market in the uncapped year.  Darren Urban of the team’s official web site predicts that Rolle will be released.

Rolle, who said last month that he’d like to play for the Dolphins, was the eighth overall pick in the 2005 draft, three selections before DeMarcus Ware.

Meanwhile, Rolle is the second top-ten pick of the Cardinals during the three-year Denny Green era to unlock high-end escalators that eventually forced the team into a corner.  Two years ago, 2004 first-rounder Larry Fitzgerald parlayed a huge cap number into a four-year, $40 million deal.  This time around, a good-but-not-great career from Rolle has put him in line for $12 million, an amount that’s unheard of for a safety.

So Rolle undoubtedly won’t be back in Arizona absent a major pay cut, and he’ll ultimately make a lot less than $12.11 million this year, and likely in any future year of his career.  

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37 Responses to “Antrel could get rolled out of Arizona”
  1. Beastie Bills says: Feb 21, 2010 9:34 PM

    Zing!

  2. RP3 says: Feb 21, 2010 9:38 PM

    Why does everyone want to play for Miami all of a sudden?

  3. ben enough says: Feb 21, 2010 9:45 PM

    “Antrel could get rolled out of Arizona”
    and on no punday- sunday… you couldnt wait four hours for punday monday huh

  4. filthymcnasty says: Feb 21, 2010 9:49 PM

    WASHINGTON! They need a FS worth a crap after Landry blew more assignments than a room full of fluffers.
    And they’ll pay top dollar.

  5. chris says: Feb 21, 2010 9:59 PM

    McNAbb for Rolle

  6. MiaFins1 says: Feb 21, 2010 10:12 PM

    Cause the Fins are coming baby……and also the state of Fla has no taxes’s

  7. Old_Style says: Feb 21, 2010 10:15 PM

    Packers could use an upgrade from Bigby.

  8. Nick says: Feb 21, 2010 10:17 PM

    Philly needs a FS in the worst way.

  9. Harm City Homer says: Feb 21, 2010 10:22 PM

    If he gets a new contract for more than 2 years, he will get more than that just as a signing bonus. He was drafted to be a Cb and was a top 10 pick. The contract seems like it should force the team to extend or release him in the final year. That seems pretty fair for both sides.
    This is another guy I think would fit in very well in the Ravens D. Reed is not going to play much longer and we can always use a versatile playmaker like Rolle. Little FS, little nickle back, maybe even some tampa 2 type CB coverages.

  10. 4liberty says: Feb 21, 2010 10:56 PM

    from where I stand, 16 year Cards season tix holder…Rolle is gone…Played hard at times but wasted the first few years here…Bad CB…OK Safety…12 mil OK?…maybe 1/4 of that

  11. DcNinerFan says: Feb 21, 2010 10:59 PM

    Gotta love it when the Cards fall back on their cheapskate ways. Looking forward to them heading back to where they belong, in the gutter…

  12. NinerNation says: Feb 21, 2010 11:13 PM

    Niners should pick him up and put Goldson at SS.

  13. MyronB says: Feb 21, 2010 11:31 PM

    Eagles better not give up McNabb just for Rolle.
    Doesn’t this mean the guy is going to hit free agency, so a team doesn’t need to trade a player or a draft pick for him?

  14. mwcarolina says: Feb 21, 2010 11:49 PM

    the Redskins would take him, he played with Sean Taylor in college and if they release him, i could see him in a Redskins uniform.

  15. electricrelish says: Feb 22, 2010 12:14 AM

    How come there’s never any outrage when the NFL team doesn’t honor the contract? There’s always outrage if a player doesn’t honor it. You always here complaints like, “Oh, he shouldn’t have signed it, if he didn’t want to play for that amount of money. ” Well, the NFL team shouldn’t have signed the contract if they didn’t want to fork over that amount of cash. It just goes to show that a contract is not so binding on either side.

  16. Slow Joe says: Feb 22, 2010 12:49 AM

    Whenever a guy doesn’t play up to his high draft status expectations, the “Lazy Journalist Handbook” says:
    1. Point out where he was drafted.
    2. Find someone who was drafted after him in that same year who’s had a stellar career.
    3. Mention that in your lazy journalistic product, rubbing the team’s nose in ithe nformation no one could have known back when the draft took place, especially the lazy journalist.

  17. Slow Joe says: Feb 22, 2010 12:50 AM

    Whenever a guy doesn’t play up to his high draft status expectations, the “Lazy Journalist Handbook” says:
    1. Point out where he was drafted.
    2. Find someone who was drafted after him in that same year who’s had a stellar career.
    3. Mention that in your lazy journalistic product, rubbing the team’s nose in the information no one could have known back when the draft took place, especially the lazy journalist.

  18. 6250claimer says: Feb 22, 2010 1:03 AM

    He’s not worth a big contract, not by a long shot. He was a big-time bust at corner, so was moved to FS with the hope that he’d do better. He has been better, but wildly inconsistent and I’m sure is widely considered average at best. But some knucklehead will give him the farm, no doubt.. just raise season ticket prices again, the fans can shoulder the cost. Thanks, out-of-control owners.

  19. Adam says: Feb 22, 2010 3:13 AM

    Giants could use a SS

  20. juicebox says: Feb 22, 2010 3:38 AM

    Antrel is gonna sign with the bears.He is johnny knox’s boy plus a below average safety will fit good in lovies scheme.

  21. Crowder911 says: Feb 22, 2010 4:35 AM

    Miami’s team is really coming a long. a lot of young talent and its obious that the Fins are heading back where they are supposed to be… a playoff contender
    who wants to stay in ARI when your next seasons QB’s name is Leinart…
    you already know that you are never ever gonna smell the playoffs again,.
    Bill Parcells & the coaching staff is stellar,
    Mike Nolan, who showed that his style of the 3-4 allows players to make plays.
    Todd Bowles, is one of the best secondary coaches
    Florida Tax, compared to other spots you save a lot
    and do I need you to tell about the beauty of Miami? lifestyle, restaurants, shopping, nightlife, beaches, bitches etc
    thanks for sending us Dansby & Rolle Arizona
    how about Fitzgerald & Boldin for Camarillo, Ginn and a Fruit Plate?

  22. last starfighter says: Feb 22, 2010 6:32 AM

    I think the guy is okay but between Cromartie and Rolle has everyone collectively forgotten the Cardinals pass defense over the last month of the season?

  23. zappa says: Feb 22, 2010 7:06 AM

    Minnesota Vikings #1

  24. GBP says: Feb 22, 2010 7:10 AM

    @ Old style:
    you’re right but there is zero chance of Teddy spending that kind of cash.

  25. RuggSkins says: Feb 22, 2010 8:18 AM

    “Rolle, who said last month that he’d like to play for the Dolphins…” Rolle went to the University of Miami… 1) No Income Tax in Fla. 2) Miami is a 24/7 party place filled with 3) super models everywhere
    Duh… I want to go to Miami!

  26. Subpar says: Feb 22, 2010 8:29 AM

    Crowder911…..I’m definately not thinking he cares about the coaching staff and the actual team.
    The guy got hit with back tax issues. he wants to move somewhere where that won’t be an issue and that just happens to have the last part you mentioned. The night life, the women, the weather.
    If he cared about the team he would go to a team that needed a safety that was a contender last year. Up and coming or not the fins didn’t make the playoffs and alot of teams did that could use his services.

  27. Duan says: Feb 22, 2010 8:31 AM

    @ RP3 says:
    February 21, 2010 9:38 PM
    Why does everyone want to play for Miami all of a sudden?
    ——————————————————–
    The lifestyle in South Beach!
    I swear up and down, I bet 75% of NFL players probably have some kind of home down there, just so they can patrol south beach with their Bentley’s, Mercedes, Ferarri’s or whatever they drive!
    It’s hard not to hate on them, heck I would probably do the same thing if I made that kind of money!

  28. 4liberty says: Feb 22, 2010 8:42 AM

    hey niner boys..cheap ways?..since when not paying a crazy price for an average player is considered cheap…

  29. last starfighter says: Feb 22, 2010 8:45 AM

    # zappa says: February 22, 2010 7:06 AM
    Minnesota Vikings #1
    —————————————————————-
    Minni’s a final 4. Which FA do you want to give up to get him? C. Taylor?

  30. Cardsfan81 says: Feb 22, 2010 8:56 AM

    Rolle appears to have played his last down for the Arizona Cardinals. Rolle’s a good player, you may even say an ascending player but he’s not worth the kind of jack that he’s scheduled to make next season. Adrian Wilson is overaated and overpaid and now Rolle wants huge jack.
    One of the basic arguments against the Rolle resigning is you can’t tie up 20 million in cap space to players at the same position…. according to management types. This is just one of the reason why the Cardinals have refused to re-work the contract of star WR Anquan Boldin (the production is there).
    Unless Rolle and his agent are willing to give a home town discount (not likely) stick a fork in him he’s done as a Arizona Cardinal.
    This is shaping up to be a terrible off-season in the desert for Ken Whisenhunt and Rod Graves.

  31. patpatriotagain says: Feb 22, 2010 9:00 AM

    # RP3 says:
    Why does everyone want to play for Miami all of a sudden?
    because they all live/party down there. there are no state taxes so it’s a convenient spot to make your legal home.

  32. .VoxVeritas says: Feb 22, 2010 9:18 AM

    Miami? Great place to get into a lot of trouble. Don’t believe me? Ask Donte Stallworth, Sean Taylor, Will Allen, Randy Starks, Warren Sapp, Fred Evans, Jonathan Vilma, Dookie Davenport, Tony McDaniel, Chris Chambers, virtually everybody that ever played at the U, etc.

  33. Crowder911 says: Feb 22, 2010 10:08 AM

    @krow
    do you realize that you talk BS??
    besides Will Allen, how many Miami Dolphins players have been arrested for DUI or other stuff where they partied???
    McDaniels got arrested because some sort of ghetto with his wife – wow happens 20’000 times a nfl year and thats what roids do to you
    Starks incident was a non sense and dropped by the judge
    im pretty sure that Cinci is a more boring place and they had 10 times as many arrests
    and if you are ever gonna be able to save enough money to go down to miami you are gonna figure out that the people are extremly relaxed, easy going and its just a fun place to be

  34. .VoxVeritas says: Feb 22, 2010 10:17 AM

    “besides Will Allen, how many Miami Dolphins players have been arrested for DUI or other stuff where they partied???”
    It’s not just about Dolphins players. It’s players in general. Seems like there’s always some player killing somebody or getting killed or beating their woman or getting a DUI in Miami.

  35. BleedGreen says: Feb 22, 2010 10:32 AM

    Come to philly, plz.

  36. NCFINFAN13 says: Feb 22, 2010 11:03 AM

    Dansby & Rolle would both look good in South Beach …

  37. NFLisBeginning2ReallyBLOW says: Feb 22, 2010 12:30 PM

    Another Drew Rosenstink client, right?
    Let him go to MIA. I predict a sub-par performance after he gets there — plus an inevitable DUI and domestic violence charge before long, too.
    Just what else might you expect from a Rosenstink client and UM product?!
    (PROVE ME WRONG. OK, you won’t)

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