Larry Fitzgerald says he's moving closer to a new contract

Ever since the Arizona Cardinals put the finishing touches on the trade for quarterback Kevin Kolb and the wave of free agency came to an end after a five-day flurry, the focus of the organization turned to Larry Fitzgerald.

The club’s hope is to lock up the wide receiver for the long haul with what will be his third contract. It’s pay Fitzgerald or lose him as he has a no trade clause and he also negotiated a clause which prohibits the Cardinals from placing the franchise tag on him.

Fitzgerald doesn’t want to deal with the distraction of a contract negotiation during the season and he’s put a Sept. 4 deadline – the final day of the preseason – on talks. All reports to this point have been positive and Jim Trotter of SI.com reports things continue to come along nicely, as nicely as they can anyway without an agreement being in place.

Per the report, it could be a six-year deal for Fitzgerald. Considering he's entering the final year of a four-year deal worth $40 million that included $32 million guaranteed, what kind of guarantee do you think he'll get this time?

How close are they?

Closer than we were last week," Fitzgerald said.

So how close does that make the two sides?

"Not too far away," Fitzgerald told Trotter.

Sounds like progress to us. They ought to be able to close the gap in the next 2

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