TEMPE, Ariz. -- He was pleased, but he was surprised at the same time.
Actually, surprised might have been an understatement when Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians found out tight end Jermaine Gresham and running back Chris Johnson took less money to re-sign with the team.
“I was shocked,” Arians said. “I’ve only been in this about 22 years. You don’t turn down $12 million guaranteed for $2.5 million.”
Arians was talking about Gresham, who turned down multiple four-year offers, including one worth $23 million with $12 million guaranteed.
“I think it speaks for the culture of our locker room,” Arians said. “They know how close we are and they enjoyed playing with our guys, and the ring was more important than the money.”
But Arians will make sure Gresham doesn’t hear the end of turning down that kind of money.
And when Arians was talking about trading for outside linebacker Chandler Jones later in his media session, he circled back to Gresham.
“It’s kinda like a guy turning down $12 million and coming back,” Arians quipped. “It’s kinda crazy.”