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Jalen Thompson, Cardinals Agree to 3-Year Contract Extension Worth Reported $40M

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IISeptember 2, 2022

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The Arizona Cardinals and free safety Jalen Thompson agreed to a three-year, $40 million contract extension with $24.5 million guaranteed, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

Thompson, a fifth-round selection in the 2019 supplemental draft, is now tied to the Cardinals through 2025. Arizona confirmed that it signed Thompson to a contract extension but did not disclose terms.

The former Washington State star amassed 121 tackles and three interceptions last season.

Thompson played 17 games with 12 starts and recorded seven pass breakups.

The deal looks like a great value for the Cardinals, and Kevin Zimmerman of 98.7 Arizona Sports provided his take.

Kevin Zimmerman @KZimmermanAZ

The Jalen Thompson deal at $40 million over three years is the Mikal Bridges deal of the Cards. <br><br>Lock up the dudes you can count on before they get more expensive.

Kyle Odegard of Compare.bet noted how strong the Cardinals should be at the position.

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Budda Baker and Jalen Thompson set to be one of the best safety tandems in the NFL for years to come.

Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated called Thompson "versatile" and "tough" and possibly as good as Budda Baker, a four-time Pro Bowler and two-time first-team All-Pro.

Thompson and the Cardinals are looking to improve upon an 11-6 season that ended with an NFC Wild Card Round appearance. They will open the 2022 campaign at home against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 11.

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