Cardinals’ Bethel agrees to 3-year contract extension
Dec 5, 2015, 9:35 AM | Updated: 11:06 am
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Reports indicate that Arizona Cardinals pro bowl defensive back Justin Bethel agreed to a contract extension Saturday.
The deal as reported by NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport calls for a three year extension worth $15 million.
#AZCardinals Pro Bowl DB Justin Bethel has agreed in principle on a 3-year, $15M contract, sources say. This was a priority
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 5, 2015
— Justin bethel (@Jbet26) December 5, 2015
Bethel’s statement was echoed by his teammates who congratulated him on his new deal.
— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) December 5, 2015
— Rashad Johnson (@49foyamind49) December 5, 2015
Bethel was a sixth round selection by the Cardinals in the 2012 draft and is a three-time All Pro and a two-time Pro-Bowl selection.
Since entering the league, Bethel has never missed a game and appeared in all 59 contests while collecting 63 special teams tackles and 14 tackles on defense. He has also had three blocked field goals over the past two seasons.
In 2014 Bethel led the Cardinals in special teams tackles with 18 and again in 2013 with 21 tackles. He finished second on the team as a rookie with 14 tackles.
This season, Bethel has played in all 11 games and leads the Cardinals with 10 special teams tackles to go along with his seven tackles on defense.