Cardinals working to get a deal done with Larry Fitzgerald

The Arizona Cardinals have been working to sign wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald to his third contract with the club, but whether or not they can get a deal done remains to be seen.

Agent Eugene Parker has carefully constructed a contract that gives Fitzgerald most of the leverage. He is signed through 2011 and has a no-trade clause along with a provision that would prevent the Cardinals from securing his rights in 2012 with the franchise tag. Basically, the Cardinals have to meet his contract demands or left him exit in free agency the way so many other players have from the organization.

The team can sign him to a new deal before the current league year ends March 3, or it will have to wait until business is up and rolling again.

“Obviously the window is getting shorter in terms of being able to close something before the end of the (league) year,” general manager Rod Graves said, according to Darren Urban of the team’s Web site. “We will see what happens over the next week or week-and-a-half. Again, the objective is to extend his deal. The only real time line on it is the expiration of his contract, so we will work until we feel we can get the deal done.”

Something leads us to believe Fitzgerald isn't going to sign his name to a new deal in the desert unless the Cardinals import a quarterback he believes can put the team back on the right path.

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