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Budda Is In The Building

Pro Bowl safety has skipped voluntary work previously

Budda Baker arrived on Monday, just as he promised. The Pro Bowl safety said previously he would show up when he needed to show up -- in this case, this week's mandatory minicamp, including Monday's physicals -- and he was a man of his word.

Is everything copasetic? Probably not quite yet. But GM Monti Ossenfort said during an appearance on the "Wolf and Luke" show that the team and Baker's people were talking.

"Budda was here," Ossenfort said. "We expected Budda to be here this week," adding that Baker will be here the entirety of minicamp.

Ossenfort called Baker "a big part of this team."

"I've made my feelings very clear how I feel about Budda, and the rest of the organization (has) as well," he said. "We were just excited to see him around the building."

Baker has two years left on his current contract. He is due to make $13.1 million this season and $14.2 million next season. None of the money is guaranteed.

"I think we're going to continue to keep our discussions and line of communication open, which Budda's been great," Ossenfort said. "His representation's been great. We're going to get through this week here and see where we're at."

Behind-the-scenes during Cardinals Media Day on Monday, June 13, 2022 in Tempe, AZ.

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