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Fitzgerald and Cardinals Strike a Deal

Dec 29 2013: AZ Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (11) during the Arizona Cardinals hosting the San Francisco 49ers game in the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ. The 49ers defeat the Cardinals 23-20 in the final game of the regular season.

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Larry Fitzgerald has spent his entire 11 year career with Arizona. The front office wanted to ensure that the face of the franchise never played for another team. The two sides have been meeting to restructure his contract and all reports indicate Fitzgerald will sign a two-year deal.

Cardinals general manager Steve Keim met with reporters this morning from the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and relayed the good news.

“We’re finished. I don’t want to get into specific details, but I do want to thank Larry for all of his efforts. We had quite a bit of dialogue over the past year and once we decided to put the foot on the gas pedal in really the last week or so we were able to get the deal done quite quickly.”

Cardinals fans have so much love for Fitz.

Cardinals fans have so much love for Fitz.

Keim continued to explain what Fitzgerald means to the organization as well as how the Cardinals intend to approach the offseason by saying, “The two biggest goals for us were No. 1: to compensate Larry for the type of player, the type of talent that he is, and the leader he is. And then essentially clearing up enough salary cap space for us moving forward to be able to be aggressive and proactive once free agency starts.”

Fitzgerald holds every team receiving record and was scheduled to make $16M in 2015. Although his production has declined in recent seasons, Fitzgerald had a career-low 2 TDs last season while tallying only 784 receiving yards in 2014–his lowest total since his rookie season–the organization felt like this deal needed to get done.

According to Keim, Fitzgerald’s new deal is essentially for two years and will provide Arizona with needed cap room to be able to become “more athletic on defense particularly at both inside and outside linebacker spots while trying to get more physical and aggressive along the interior defensive line.”

It sure sounds like Arizona is going to make a push for defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh if the Detroit Lions don’t place the franchise tag on the disruptive and dominant force.

 

FanRag Sports Wants to Know:

Will Suh call the desert home?

Will Suh call the desert home?

Will the Arizona Cardinals make the Playoffs in 2015?

What are the biggest areas of need for the Cardinals to address in free agency and the draft?

Is Larry Fitzgerald a future Hall of Famer?

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