Today, the Arizona Cardinals have signed CB Justin Bethel to a three year deal worth $15 million, per Rand Getlin. According to Getlin, Bethel’s new contract includes $9 million guaranteed and $1.8 million in incentives. This is a safe and smart deal that the Cardinals made. Keep the core together and keep a solid player in the fold.
Now, The 25 year old is a former sixth round pick that was selected in the 2012 NFL Draft. Bethel was in the final year of his four-year, $2.214 million rookie contract that included a $114,224 signing bonus and stands to make a base salary of $660,000 for the 2015 season. That is pretty cheap for the best special team player in the league.
In addition, Bethel has appeared in 11 games and in those 11 games he has recorded 18 tackles, one interception (returned it for a touchdown), a fumble recovery and five pass defenses for the Cardinals. Also, the Presbyterian product only played 201 snaps on defense this season and his 247 special teams snaps are tops on the team.
In fact, Pro Football Focus has Bethel rated as the No. 25 cornerback out of 113 qualifying players. Not only is he a 2 time Pro Bowler, but he is a First Team All Pro (2013).
Finally, the Cardinals keep their deadly defense together and have one of the best cornerback corps in the league with Patrick Peterson, Justin Bethel, Corey White, and Jerraud Powers.