Breaking down Larry Fitzgerald's restructured deal, cap impact

The restructured contract of Arizona Cardinals star wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald lowered his salary-cap figure from $18 million to $8.6 million in 2014, a net savings of $9.4 million against the cap.

The Cardinals accomplished this by converting $11.75 million of his base salary for 2014 into a guaranteed roster bonus for salary-cap purposes. That's in addition to the $45 million guaranteed total from his original contract.

His new base salary for 2014 is $1 million.

However, his salary-cap figure leaps to $23.6 million in 2015 when he'll have an $8 million base salary, $250,000 workout bonus and an $8 million roster bonus due on the fifth day of the league year.

It's considered likely that a decision would be made on Fitzgerald's contract before that bonus is due next year.

In 2016, Fitzgerald is due a $15 million base salary with a salary-cap figure of $17.6 million.

In 2017, Fitzgerald is due a $14.75 million base salary with a $250,000 workout bonus.

The base salary in this option year de-escalates by $8 million if he catches less than 70 passes in 2016 or de-escalates by $3 million if he catches between 70 passes and 79 passes in 2016.

In 2018, he's due a $14.75 million base salary and a $250,000 workout bonus. The base de-escalates by $8 million if he has less than 70 catches in 2017 of de-escalates by $3 million if he's between 70 catches and 79 catches in 2017.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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