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Larry Fitzgerald gets $50 million guarantee from Cardinals

Larry Fitzgerald, Ronald Bartell AP

The Arizona Cardinals have locked up Larry Fitzgerald with an enormous new contract.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Arizona will sign Fitzgerald to a record eight-year, $120 million contract that includes close to $50 million guaranteed.

The deal makes Fitzgerald the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL, and may very well keep the 27-year-old Fitzgerald in Arizona for the rest of his career.

Since joining the Cardinals as the third overall pick in the 2004 NFL draft, Fitzgerald has established himself as one of the best offensive playmakers in football. With this deal and the Cardinals’ trade and new contract for Kevin Kolb, it’s clear that Arizona believes it’s going to have one of the best pass-catch combinations in football for years to come.

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  1. Mr. Wright 212 says: Aug 20, 2011 8:41 PM

    MERCY. The Curds urn’t playin’ ur they?

    I thought Larry’s old man said he wanted to go back to Minnesota?

  2. scudbot says: Aug 20, 2011 8:42 PM

    Possibly Kolb will learn to throw passes that other receivers can catch, too.

  3. cardmagnet says: Aug 20, 2011 8:42 PM

    He must really have faith in Kolb panning out and the Cardinals commitment to winning in the future.

  4. ud1hens says: Aug 20, 2011 8:43 PM

    Dude’s a beast

  5. beastofeden says: Aug 20, 2011 8:44 PM

    Good job, Larry. Get that money

  6. packerfanfornot4life says: Aug 20, 2011 8:45 PM

    HAHAHAHA SORRY TO BURST YOUR BUBBLE VIKINGS FANS!!!!HAHAHAHA

  7. that_e says: Aug 20, 2011 8:45 PM

    Not sure any WR is worth that kind of money. Also not sure it’s wise to give any 27-yr old getting an 8 year contract.

    Oh well, congrats to Fitz for getting a huge pay day. The person who writes the checks thought he was worth it and that’s all that matters in the end.

  8. jacunn2000 says: Aug 20, 2011 8:46 PM

    What? What the hell is T Pryor going to get now?

  9. angulocarlos1 says: Aug 20, 2011 8:46 PM

    Congrats! He is well deserving of this!

  10. tunescribe says: Aug 20, 2011 8:46 PM

    The numbers on these non-guaranteed contracts are so bogus. I’d love to see Fitzgerald play at an all-world caliber for each of the next eight years and force payment of the whole $120 million.

  11. smoothjimmyapollo says: Aug 20, 2011 8:46 PM

    I’m not a GM (obviously), but no receiver is worth that much money – even if he is one of, if not the best receiver in the league. A top-notch QB, maybe, but not a receiver.

  12. mostpeopledontknowwhattheyaretalkingabout says: Aug 20, 2011 8:47 PM

    Wow, this al Davis style contract just helped ruin a few future deals for teams looking to lock up a top flight receiver

    The bar has now been set at a ridiculous pace. No receiver is worth that much cash.

  13. jhart615 says: Aug 20, 2011 8:48 PM

    i wonder if they realize they have to pay other people on the roster too

  14. phillyfan4ever says: Aug 20, 2011 8:51 PM

    And the price for Chris Johnson just went up lol

  15. peopletrains says: Aug 20, 2011 8:51 PM

    Well, at least we know what Chris Johnson is going to ask for now.

  16. august1969 says: Aug 20, 2011 8:52 PM

    respect to rolling the dice…the future may not involve you…

  17. nuclearwarfare says: Aug 20, 2011 8:52 PM

    Chris Johnson is currently on the telephone with his agent.

  18. cardsfann1 says: Aug 20, 2011 8:52 PM

    Worth every penny!

  19. staffordsyear says: Aug 20, 2011 8:54 PM

    Why would he want to go back minnesota? Because he once was a ballboy?…geez.

  20. jacksaysfu says: Aug 20, 2011 8:55 PM

    As a Eagles fan I applaud this move . Unlike many I have been to every Eagles training camp and watched Kolb transform into a real good QB . Kolb’s a quick learner and him to Fitzgerald will be deadly for a long time . I wish the Cards nothing but wins (except when they play the Eagles)

    PS DRC is the only guy I ever seen that could go stride for stride with Desean Jackson , very impressed !

  21. malblack says: Aug 20, 2011 8:55 PM

    Wonder how this affects Chris Johnson’s negotiations.

    Also, we’ve seen these long contracts before; if Arizona doesn’t want to employ Fitzgerald 8 years from now, they won’t. Remember Albert Haynesworth’s 7yr deal?

  22. essfjay says: Aug 20, 2011 8:57 PM

    you see this is what happens when you play like an all pro & not act like a diva. congrats Fitz you deserve that contract.

  23. johnsticle says: Aug 20, 2011 8:59 PM

    That’s a lot of money to pay a wide receiver that no one on the team can throw to… but he deserves it so… good job Larry. I’ll be interested in seeing how Kolb works out.

  24. fu7ur3pr00f says: Aug 20, 2011 9:01 PM

    Larry, what are you doing?

    Your free agnecy was your greatest leverage. I know you guy some hella cash for the deal, but you’re predicting that Kolb’s gonna be the leader for the future, before the season even starts?

    You could have had your pick of any franchise next year, with a more skilled quarterback. I hope you’re right.

  25. derekjetersmansion says: Aug 20, 2011 9:01 PM

    That deal won’t haunt them even a little bit. #sarcasm

  26. wonderboy18 says: Aug 20, 2011 9:04 PM

    Wow I don’t care how good you are 50million guaranteed is ridiculous

  27. moneymike23 says: Aug 20, 2011 9:04 PM

    For that kind of cash, I doubt he cares who the QB is.

  28. megabeast37215 says: Aug 20, 2011 9:05 PM

    Holy Jesus! 50 mill guaranteed for a WR!? I mean, I love the guy, he’s amazing, he’s a stand up guy who does everything right, total class act… but WOW that is an INSANE contract for a WR. 120mil!? That’s 15 million a year average… I’m dumbfounded.. that’s QB money and then some.

    Congrats Larry. I’m glad someone like you got that contract instead of some a$$hole like T.O or Santonio Holmes.

  29. trbowman says: Aug 20, 2011 9:05 PM

    I mean wow….that’s a ton. But Fitz is special and he’s the face of the Arizona Cardinals.

    Kolb to Fitzgerald….you’re going to be seeing it for many years to come folks

  30. azjohnny says: Aug 20, 2011 9:05 PM

    Now you know what its going to take to sign Chis Johnson

  31. cobibones13 says: Aug 20, 2011 9:06 PM

    They give franchise QB money to a WR. What top NFL team would give close to this much money for anyone that’s not a QB?

    They’ll be nothing more than a mediocre franchise for the next decade, unless they just happen to luck into a top 5 QB the way they did with Warner.

  32. steelerdynasty2010 says: Aug 20, 2011 9:07 PM

    worth every nickel…GO PITT!!!

  33. aram42287 says: Aug 20, 2011 9:07 PM

    CARDINALS BABY….GET OUTA HERE HATERS!!!

  34. tfbuckfutter says: Aug 20, 2011 9:07 PM

    Todd Haley called the value of this contract “classless”.

  35. shouldbworking says: Aug 20, 2011 9:08 PM

    He would have looked good in the LA Vikings uniform

  36. enasty610 says: Aug 20, 2011 9:09 PM

    It’s disgusting how much all these guys are getting paid to play a kids game. No one should be getting paid 120 million to play football period.

  37. hooknosemike says: Aug 20, 2011 9:10 PM

    Larry can now be a booster for the ‘canes with all that doe. Boats n ho’s larry, boats n ho’s.

  38. jaydog76 says: Aug 20, 2011 9:10 PM

    He’s a bad mofo for sure….

  39. Waxxx4321 says: Aug 20, 2011 9:12 PM

    Larry is great, could be the best in the NFL at his position, This is a great thing he deserves it and its good to see Compensation on well earned players

  40. blackgold4life says: Aug 20, 2011 9:14 PM

    Larry got paid! Damn!!!

  41. dct333 says: Aug 20, 2011 9:14 PM

    Congrats Fitz, you deserve every penny!

  42. runtheball says: Aug 20, 2011 9:16 PM

    Stupid to tie up so much money in one guy.

  43. phillychzstk2012 says: Aug 20, 2011 9:17 PM

    Bit of pocket change eh. Happy for Larry.

  44. hus10188 says: Aug 20, 2011 9:18 PM

    HA!! I swear John Clayton tweeted a mere two days ago that contract negotiations with Fitzgerald were in its very early stages.

    Lol! Some negotiation that was, it must’ve went something like this…………..

    GM Rod Graves: Ummm, Larry, here’s a blank chequebook along with a pen………Name your price?

    Seriously though, one of the very few guys, I’m fine with giving $50 Mill guaranteed to and knowing he wont let up now he’s paid.

  45. tiffpats4eva says: Aug 20, 2011 9:19 PM

    He’s worth it.

  46. bradybbgoat says: Aug 20, 2011 9:19 PM

    Good for them to lock him up.

    Not so good that they left the cupboard bare for other offensive upgrades.

    However, it is the incompetent NFC west.

  47. bearfan51 says: Aug 20, 2011 9:21 PM

    Larry deserves it… I dunno if Kolb is the guy though…

  48. santorin4 says: Aug 20, 2011 9:21 PM

    Great player and an even greater person. Refreshing to see a non-diva get paid what they are worth (without having to holdout).

  49. shawon0meter says: Aug 20, 2011 9:22 PM

    straight cash homie

  50. jbl429 says: Aug 20, 2011 9:22 PM

    Wow, that’s a lot of money.

  51. thehulloffame says: Aug 20, 2011 9:22 PM

    Congrats to Larry! Being a Lions fan, I can only wonder what Calvin’s gonna get. We already have Stafford & Suh with big deals. And Tulloch’s on a 1yr deal.

  52. shaggytoodle says: Aug 20, 2011 9:22 PM

    Congrats to him, and what makes it even more enjoyable is he is one of the few WRs of the last 5 years that lets his play do the talking.

  53. oscarbluth says: Aug 20, 2011 9:23 PM

    Great. Now CJ is going to be expecting this kind of money….

  54. infinitig says: Aug 20, 2011 9:26 PM

    This will make it tough for the Titans to sign Chris Johnson now.

  55. seneca1ss says: Aug 20, 2011 9:27 PM

    If a bank only gives you $100,000 FDIC insurance, do that mean he has to deposit the $ in 500 different banks:-)

  56. redrew says: Aug 20, 2011 9:28 PM

    On a good day…he’ll have 6 catches…$156,000/catch…….excellent move:)

  57. chobes68 says: Aug 20, 2011 9:29 PM

    Fitz is awesome. Hell, I’m sure he’d sign with anyone for 50m guaranteed. Who wouldn’t?

  58. suckittrebek76 says: Aug 20, 2011 9:29 PM

    Once again, Vikings fans hopes are crushed.

  59. richie215 says: Aug 20, 2011 9:29 PM

    Congrats to Larry; however, we continue to see why The Cardinals continue to lose yearly. $183M($73M guaranteed) for a QB and WR not named Montana and Rice or comparable?

  60. hoobsher says: Aug 20, 2011 9:30 PM

    first i was like ? then i was like !!!

  61. dclimey says: Aug 20, 2011 9:31 PM

    HA! CJ2k’s deal is never gettin’ done now.

  62. orthodoxdj says: Aug 20, 2011 9:36 PM

    I’ve never like the name “Larry.”

  63. bdawk2020 says: Aug 20, 2011 9:36 PM

    Jesus sweet zombies of christ.

  64. richm2256 says: Aug 20, 2011 9:39 PM

    Can’t believe all these idiots equating Fitzgerald’s deal to Chris Johnson ….. does anybody realize he’s a running back with a shelf life of what, 3 years?

  65. jdandcoke says: Aug 20, 2011 9:43 PM

    winning is secondary to larry…with that much money though, cant blame him. can blame the cards however….once a loser always a loser. they had their chance and let ben march down the field…..probably as close as larry and the cards will ever come again to winning the big one.

    there are a select few NFL franchises that you just KNOW will never get it done. the cards are one of them.

  66. mediasloppy says: Aug 20, 2011 9:52 PM

    AP will get paid about the same. Greenway is going to get a mega-contract. As much as I’d like to see Larry in MN, there is no way the Vikings can afford that kind of contract. Zygi already has to drop about 400+ million on a Stadium too…

    Good for Arizona and hopefully my Fantasy football team.

  67. kcwolf88 says: Aug 20, 2011 9:58 PM

    Give CJ2K 100M guaranteed!!!! NOT.

  68. petehemlock says: Aug 20, 2011 10:02 PM

    OK Larry. Are you going to inspire all the University of Phoenix undergrads with your fittymil? Kolb’s a great white hype. Enjoy being the golden hood ornament on a busted Chevette.

  69. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Aug 20, 2011 10:04 PM

    Fifty million dollars in guaranteed money for a non-quarterback? Sounds to me like the Cards have their priorities backward, unless, of course, you think a football team should be built around a wide receiver instead of a quarterback.

  70. Little Earthquake says: Aug 20, 2011 10:04 PM

    WRs are not worth that much. Ever notice that the only time Arizona was any good was when they had a Hall of Fame QB piloting the team? Larry Fitzgerald will not make a difference if the Cards can’t find a good quarterback. (Maybe they have, we’ll see.)

  71. sterlingrodgers says: Aug 20, 2011 10:07 PM

    Good for Larry. That’s an insane amount of money, but you’re paying for character AND ability. The character is what gives you reasonable confidence that he will take care of himself and retain his skills throughout the majority of the contract period.

  72. rabidmike says: Aug 20, 2011 10:08 PM

    As a Cards fan, I can honesty say, I peed myself.

  73. bigtimetexanfan says: Aug 20, 2011 10:10 PM

    WOW !!!! Thats Great money for the 4th or 5th best receiver in the League.

  74. wizahdry says: Aug 20, 2011 10:12 PM

    No WR is worth that kind of money. That is franchise qb money to a WR that has an unproven QB that he needs to catch passes from. Between him and Kolb and a reduced salary cap its too much ties into two players. That’s going to limit the team in the future. 22% of team salary over next 5 years ties to two players and the WR makes more than the QB.

  75. whoknowsnothing says: Aug 20, 2011 10:17 PM

    Get your Fitzgerald jersey’s now!!!!

  76. red513 says: Aug 20, 2011 10:19 PM

    Awesome for Fitz, he’s a great player and a great guy. Well deserved. But, not great he’s staying with Az as I’m a Rams fan.
    Meanwhile, somewhere DeSean Jackson is shaking his head.

  77. joerevs300 says: Aug 20, 2011 10:20 PM

    Sorry, I don’t like this signing.

    As I am sure most Colts fans are wondering right now (i.e. giving all that $$$ to a 35 year old QB who’s starting to break down, and will prevent them from shoring up other areas like the OL and the D), giving near 50M guaranteed to a WR just seems like fools gold.

    All it will take is one horrible ankle or knee injury to him, and that money will get flushed down the toilet.

    He can’t do it by himself. Who else is going to scare an opposing defense in Arizona other than him? Beanie Wells? Hell, who is even the #2 WR there? Anyone?

    Obviously losing him would have angered the fan base, and then I remembered they’ve only had on e season to even cheer about IN THEIR EXISTENCE.

    James Harrison and the Steelers made sure that season ended like all the others. In futility.

  78. joerevs300 says: Aug 20, 2011 10:21 PM

    Oh and BTW…what was all that about owners losing a ton of money?

    Yeah…looks like they are REALLY hurting when a team like ARI can dish out $50M guaranteed…

  79. greengob1in says: Aug 20, 2011 10:28 PM

    Desean just smashed his head against the lockers.

  80. axespray says: Aug 20, 2011 10:38 PM

    mediasloppy says:Aug 20, 2011 9:52 PM
    “AP will get paid about the same. Greenway is going to get a mega-contract. As much as I’d like to see Larry in MN, there is no way the Vikings can afford that kind of contract. Zygi already has to drop about 400+ million on a Stadium too…
    Good for Arizona and hopefully my Fantasy football team.”

    The vikings should just be one of those “Pound The Football”/”Smash Mouth D” type of teams tbh, enough with that fancy childress wr type stuff.

  81. rpiotr01 says: Aug 20, 2011 10:39 PM

    Sippin’ on gin and juice… laaaid back… with my mind on my money and my money on my mind.

  82. FinFan68 says: Aug 20, 2011 10:40 PM

    Wow. I love watching LF and he is one of the best guys in the NFL, but that was f-n stupid. $50M guaranteed for a WR is insane.

  83. NFLJunkie says: Aug 20, 2011 10:50 PM

    The numbers on these non-guaranteed contracts are so bogus.

    ….which is why the $50M guaranteed part is what’s causing the “whoa!” response.

  84. cobibones13 says: Aug 20, 2011 10:52 PM

    I guess he took a hometown discount.

  85. nrdpmp says: Aug 20, 2011 11:12 PM

    Good for Larry and the Cardinals. Class act who just plays the game he is extremely gifted. No complaining, no holdout. the Cardinals are taking care of those indivuals that come in and play. Bravo!

  86. countsnail says: Aug 20, 2011 11:32 PM

    Say goodbye to DeSean Jackson, Philly.

    Oh well, Maclin is a better all-around WR anyway.

  87. orthodoxdj says: Aug 21, 2011 12:30 AM

    I always knew a deal was in the cards.

  88. lgwelsh1 says: Aug 21, 2011 12:31 AM

    Larry is worth every penny. He has earned it.

  89. mmcdan13 says: Aug 21, 2011 12:32 AM

    He’s a top 3 wideout, but that kind of money is reserved for premier quarterbacks and premier pass rushers.

  90. andyreidisfat says: Aug 21, 2011 12:41 AM

    I truly believe Fitz is if not the best WR he is 1b. But this contract is moronic. 50 mil up front?? And if the guy snaps his leg next week the cards are screwed.

    My guess is their is some opt out type deals in this contract after 4-5 years. Signing an 8 year deal is moronic in the NFL. That being said if any player deserves it it is Fitz. Now i want to see what the Texans do with A Johnson and what Detroit does with C johnson. Megatrons next deal could be 20 mil per at this rate if he continues getting better every year.

    Oh and anyone saying this will affect DeSean Jackson’s contract, your wrong. This was Fitz third deal. Even Jackson must realize he has a few productive season to go till he gets fitz money. Jackson will get a deal similar to Fitz last deal is my guess as soon as final cuts go down and the Eagles have the room on the cap.

  91. randomjim says: Aug 21, 2011 3:03 AM

    staffordsyear says:
    Aug 20, 2011 8:54 PM
    Why would he want to go back minnesota? Because he once was a ballboy?…geez.
    ====================================

    His Dad was close pals w/ Dennis Green when he was a ball boy. He grew up a Viking fan, said he’d always thought of playing for them. Kolb hasn’t proven he is better than McNabb or really much better than Ponder. Is that enough of an answer for you moron?

  92. CKL says: Aug 21, 2011 3:28 AM

    richm2256 says: Aug 20, 2011 9:39 PM

    Can’t believe all these idiots equating Fitzgerald’s deal to Chris Johnson ….. does anybody realize he’s a running back with a shelf life of what, 3 years?
    _______________________________________
    Yes, we do. Problem is that it’s been reported that the Titans are willing to pay CJ as the highest RB and his camp finds that unsatisfactory and wants him to be paid as the highest “playmaker” whatever the F they define that as. So CJ’s camp will likely look at Fitz’s deal and factor it into their demands. Stupid ain’t it…and specifically BECAUSE of what you said..the short shelf life of RBs vs any other position. Fitz getting 47 mill guaranteed should garner CJ getting closer to 25 mill guaranteed if you want to look at likely productive shelf life and pay CJ comparably.

  93. chefbane says: Aug 21, 2011 3:53 AM

    lol i find it funny every one is like sorry vikings fans, why would we be sad to see some one from our home state who was born and raised here become the highest paid WR ever? idk how most people in other states are but i’m sure 95% of us are proud that he has been a class act and done nothing but give Minnesota a good name . would i love if he was on the vikings yes, but so would every fan of every team.

  94. gimmeabruschi says: Aug 21, 2011 4:09 AM

    This is what dumb teams do, and assure they will stay crappy.

  95. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Aug 21, 2011 7:57 AM

    enasty610 says:
    Aug 20, 2011 9:09 PM

    No one should be getting paid 120 million to play football period.

    ——————————————-

    You are right of course, but there is a difference between “should” and reality. If you were in his position, I guess you would turn it down…

  96. thephantomstranger says: Aug 21, 2011 11:51 PM

    Well, I kept saying the Vikings would sign Fitzy next year, and I was wrong. I don’t think I would want him for $50 million, though.

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