Daryn Colledge restructures deal with Cardinals

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The Cardinals haven’t done all that much in free agency this offseason, but they’ve got some more money available if they want to start making more moves.

Guard Daryn Colledge restructured his deal with the team to clear up $2.325 million in cap space for the 2012 season by converting a chunk of his base salary into a signing bonus. Colledge’s cap number drops from $5.5 million to $3.175 million in 2012 and rises from $6.5 million to $7.275 million in the three remaining years of his deal.

Colledge confirmed the move in a text message to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic.

“No bigs. Anything to help sign some guys.”

The Cardinals have signed guard Adam Snyder and cornerback William Gay since the start of free agency. They’ve also re-signed kicker Jay Feely, wide receiver Early Doucet, tackle Levi Brown, linebacker Reggie Walker, tackle D’Anthony Batiste and long snapper Mike Leach.

5 responses to “Daryn Colledge restructures deal with Cardinals

  1. The Packers O-line actually got better when he left, and now the Pack got a 4th round comp pick out of it thanks to the Cards badly overpaying him. The only restructuring he should get would be to the veteran’s minimum.

  2. Colledge’s words as he left GB for AZ were “I’m going to Pass-Pro heaven!”, yet profootballfocus has him ranked as the 41st (out of 76) guards in 2011 mostly due to his pass protection skills.

    Meanwhile, the guy the Packers replaced him with (4th round pick TJ Lang) makes the league minimum and is ranked #7 (RG Josh Sitton, another 4th rounder is ranked #5) in pass blocking efficiency. Both are small school guys that TT loves and thus didn’t have to pay a premium to draft and as a result they have the best young guard tandem in the league (along with Buffalo).

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