PHOENIX, AZ - It’s late April and NFL teams are already in camp working on off-season conditioning. Before we know it, the NFL Draft will be over and teams will start their organized team activities, otherwise known as “OTA’s”. For laymen, that means off-season practice.
Here in Arizona, the Cardinals fired strength coach John Lott and brought in Buddy Morris to replace him.
Morris, who worked with head coach Bruce Arians years ago in Cleveland, then hired two-time Olympic gold medalist in the 110 meter hurdles, Roger Kingdom to be the team’s “speed” coach.
So far, so good! In fact, the Cardinals are clicking along with a large percentage of players on hand for the voluntary off-season conditioning program.
That’s a stark contrast to years ago when players wouldn’t show up to the teams Tempe training facility for these types of workouts. A number of guys had personal trainers and/or they wanted to work out in their home town, close to family and friends.
So what’s changed? Well, for starters, 17 players on the roster have bonuses in their contracts that pay them for showing up in the off-season!
Not bad for the player, huh? In fact, four players are set to make $250,000 if they show up to most of the workouts. Larry Fitzgerald, Calais Campbell, Darnell Dockett and Drew Stanton can each pocket an additional $250-grand just for showing up!
The Cardinals have 17 guys who have workout bonuses equaling close to $1.9 million.
Take a look at the list and the potential bonus money for each player:
•Drew Stanton: $250,000
•Larry Fitzgerald: $250,000
•Calais Campbell: $250,000
•Darnell Dockett: $250,000
•Lyle Sendlein: $150,000
•Rashad Johnson: $150,000
•Matt Shaughnessy: $125,000
•Daryl Washington: $100,000
•Ryan Williams: $50,000
•Dan Williams: $50,000
•Tyrann Mathieu: $50,000
•Rob Housler: $25,000
•Ted Larsen: $25,000
•Dave Zastudil: $25,000
•Mike Leach: $25,000
•Marcus Benard: $10,000