Cardinals get more cap space after Colledge restructures contract

If the Cardinals needed some more cap room to get someone in free agency, then they have the space, after guard Daryn Colledge and the team restructured his contract.

After the contract “re-do,” the Cardinals have $2.325 million extra in cap room.

Per The Arizona Republic’s Kent Somers, Colledge was set to make $3.8 million in salary this season. Colledge will now receive $700,000 in salary, with the remaining $3.1 million moving to a roster bonus, which for cap purposes, can be spread out along the remaining four years of his deal.

Colledge’s original contract had his cap number at $5.5 million for 2012 – $3.8 million in salary, $1.5 million as a signing bonus proration and a $200,000 workout bonus.

It’ll now work out to be $3.175 million – $700,000 salary, $2.275 million signing bonus (which is the original signing bonus, plus the most recent bonus) and a $200,000 workout bonus.

Colledge’s cap number will increase by $775,000 in the final three years of the contract, assuming he finishes it out.

Colledge spent his first five seasons in the league in Green Bay, before coming to Arizona last season. He’s started 92 of a possible 96 games in his career, including all 16 last season for the Cardinals.