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Budda Baker: 'When It's Time To Be There I'll Be There, Smiling'

Safety is working out on his own in Valley

Budda Baker hasn't been taking part in voluntary workouts at the Dignity Health Training Center and is looking for a contract fix. But the Pro Bowl safety, who is working out on his own locally, told Ch. 12's Cam Cox on Friday that he'll still be at mandatory events.

"Of course. I'll be there when it's time to be there," Baker said. "So when it's time to be there I'll be there, smiling, same regular guy that I am, just excited to see those guys again."

It was a slice of positive news on a day the Cardinals released wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Baker (whose full interview will air on Ch. 12 on Sunday night) also said he is letting his agent take care of the business aspect. Baker's absence has been hard not to notice after reports came out that he had requested a trade and was hoping to adjust his current contract. Baker still has two years left on his current deal.

"Budda will show up when he wants to show up," coach Jonathan Gannon said earlier this week. "He's been awesome. He kind of wears us out a little bit with the tape and different things like that, but he's working and he'll get himself ready to play."

Baker, who has been a Pro Bowler for five of his six seasons, is the leader on a defense that needs his leadership. While the Cardinals moved on from Hopkins, Baker remains a player the Cardinals would like to keep going into Gannon's first season.

Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker (3) during the 2022 regular season game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022 in Glendale, AZ.

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