Breaking down Jared Veldheer's contract

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Cardinals knew they would have to pay for a left tackle and approached free agency with that mindset, but they weren’t going to break the bank in the process. They stayed true to their convictions when they signed left tackle Jared Veldheer to a five-year contract worth $35 million, which included a $6.25 million signing bonus.

Veldheer’s base salary in 2014 is $1.25 million, which is fully guaranteed. Add in the signing bonus, and Veldheer will earn $7.5 million.

In 2015, Veldeer’s base salary jumps to $6 million -- $3 million of which is guaranteed in the event of an injury, and the rest becomes fully guaranteed on the third day of the league year. He’ll earn a $500,000 roster bonus, as well.

Veldheer’s base salary increases again in 2016 to $6.5 million with another $500,000 roster bonus. The base salary is fully guaranteed. The numbers are steady in 2017 and 2018. Veldheer will earn $6.5 million in base each year and another $500,000 roster bonus each season.