Raise for one linebacker, cut for another

Arizona Cardinals linebacker Paris Lenon earned a $500,000 boost to his 2012 base salary after meeting incentives for playing time last season.

The Cardinals took back five times that much from the player Lenon outperformed.

That was a primary takeaway Tuesday upon learning that Stewart Bradley accepted a reduction in scheduled salary from $5 million to half that amount for 2012.

The cut comes amid what should be renewed expectations for Bradley, who signed with the Cardinals in free agency and struggled with his conversion to a 3-4 defense during a lockout-shortened 2011 offseason.

Bradley, formerly of the Philadelphia Eagles, should have a better chance at adapting with a full offseason to prepare. He made one start and played 21 percent of the defensive snaps last season. Lenon, 34, has proven he'll be tough to unseat. He played 95 percent of the defensive snaps, most among Cardinals linebackers.