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It’s clear that Cardinals offensive lineman Justin Pugh loves Arizona.
The starting left guard announced Tuesday that he will return to the organization after receiving a pay cut.
“To clarify, I restructured my contract and took a pay cut to stay with the Cardinals,” Pugh said in a tweet. “I love Arizona and I want to finish my career here. Now we are going to win a ring. “
According to OticalCap.com, the pay cut reduces Pugh’s contract limit from $ 11.1 million to $ 6.9 million. The Cardinals have $ 4.1 million of cap space.
It’s a welcome sight for Cardinals general manager Steve Keim, who told reporters Monday that he felt Pugh “had one of his best seasons as a professional last year.” Keim added that he envisioned Pugh remaining as the team’s starting left guard in 2021.
Pugh earned a 64.8 rating last season, according to Pro Football Focus. He was ninth in blocking passes (74.4) and 34th in blocking runs (62.7).
He returns to the offensive line from Arizona that saw Kelvin Beachum re-sign a contract two years earlier in free agency. Guard Max Garcia is back with a one-year contract.
The Cardinals also joined the trenches through the trade, acquiring former Los Vegas Raiders center Rodney Hudson.
Former Buffalo Bills point guard Brian Winters is also another new face on the line.