Cardinals opening up contract talks with Larry Fitzgerald
Now that the Arizona Cardinals have secured their quarterback by trading for Kevin Kolb, they want to ensure Larry Fitzgerald doesn’t go anywhere.
General manager Rod Graves was expected to re-open contract negotiations with Eugene Parker, the agent for Fitzgerald, on Monday, according to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic.
“If Larry is sincere about his willingness to remain here, then I believe we'll get a deal worked out before the start of the season," Graves said. "He says he is (sincere), and I believe him. A lot will be said for that once we enter into our talks."
Parker has done a terrific job at structuring deals for Fitzgerald, putting him in line for a third contract before he is 30. Fitzgerald is entering the final season of a $40 million, four-year deal and he has no-trade clauses as well as a clause that prevents the organization from using the franchise tag on him. So, the Cardinals either have to pay Fitzgerald or lose him and receive nothing in return.
"I don't want to leave Arizona," Fitzgerald said. "This is where I started. I feel like this is my family. I want to be here as long as I possibly can."
Graves has said he is prepared to make Fitzgerald the highest-paid player on the team and among the highest-paid in the NFL. He’ll have to make him the top-earning wide receiver in the NFL to get this deal done.
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