Cardinals sign CB Justin Bethel to three-year contract extension

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BY: ED COLE

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Cardinals team president Michael Bidwill believes in rewarding his players – i.e. contract extensions – when they’re deserving of it. While a lot of players on their roster deserve one, one of the men most deserving of one is cornerback/special teams ace Justin Bethel.

On Saturday, Bethel got his just reward, receiving a three-year extension from the organization.

The team’s policy is that they don’t disclose the terms, but the NFL Network’s Rand Getlin is reporting that Bethel’s deal is worth $15 million over the three years, with $9 million of it guaranteed, and $1.8 million of it coming in incentives and escalators.

Bethel couldn’t be happier to be part of the Savages for the foreseeable future.

Since the Cardinals chose Bethel out of Presbyterian in the sixth round (177th overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft, he’s been one of the best special teamers in the entire league. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in each of the last two seasons (2013-14) as a special teamer, becoming just the second player in franchise history (Ron Wolfley) to be selected to two Pro Bowls as a special teams player.

Since 2012, Bethel’s never missed a game, playing in all 59 games. In those 59 games, Bethel has 63 special teams tackles and 14 tackles on defense. He’s also blocked three field goals over the past two seasons. Bethel’s led the Cardinals in special teams tackles in 2014 (18), 2013 (21) and finished second on the team in his rookie season of 2012 (14).

Bethel’s played in all 11 games (one start) this season, and he leads Arizona with 10 special teams tackles, along with seven tackles on defense, his first career interception and four passes defensed, while also serving as a special teams captain for the first time in his career.