Cardinals’ Warner set for big payday

(Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

(Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

Arizona and QB Kurt Warner are making little progress to a new deal, but the quarterback’s old deal is now on pace to provide a plethora of bonuses.

If Warner plays in 70 percent of the Cardinals’ plays this season, which he is on pace to do, his contract calls for him to make $500,000 for each of the following:

*Passer rating over 90
*Top 10 in passing yards
*Top 10 in touchdowns
*Top 10 in Yards Per Pass
*Winning 10 games

But keep in mind, Warner can only earn $1.5 million, maximum, from those incentives, so he can only earn three of them. However, Warner also can profit handsomely from a playoff run. Should Arizona hold on to win the NFC West title and go to the playoffs, the following incentives would be in play in Warner’s contract:

*$500,000 for playing in wildcard
*$1 million for playing in divisional playoffs
*$1.5 million for playing in conference championship
*$2 million for playing in Super Bowl
*$3 million for winning super bowl

Warner is capped out at $4 million between both sets of incentives, so if he earns $1.5 million for performance incentives, he can earn an additional $2.5 million if the Cardinals win the Super Bowl. Even if they just win the division and lose in the wild card round, he could very easily make an extra $2 million total this year. If they get a bye, he’s looking at $2.5 million, most likely.

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