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As usual, devil will be in details of Fitzgerald deal

Larry Fitzgerald AP

The basic numbers were eye-popping.  Eight years, $120 million with $50 million guaranteed for a receiver who’ll turn 28 in 10 days.  That’s an average of $15 million per year, a huge jump over Larry Fitzgerald’s previous high-water mark of $10 million annually, which he set three years ago — and which others have claimed to have duplicated but only have imitated.

And so like those other deals that originally were breathlessly reported as being worth $10 million per year but ultimately weren’t (e.g., Brandon Marshall), we’ll believe that the Cardinals are paying Fitzgerald a firm $15 million per year once we’ve had a chance to digest the details of the deal.

Maybe they are.  They’ve already broken the bank once for the one of the top receivers in the game.  But if the bar for wideouts suddenly has been bumped up by 50 percent, what will other receivers want to be paid?

With guys like DeSean Jackson, Vincent Jackson, and Calvin Johnson closing in on their veteran contracts and with guys like Reggie Wayne and perhaps Andre Johnson (after he sees the Fitz deal) wanting new ones, things could get very interesting, very soon.

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39 Responses to “As usual, devil will be in details of Fitzgerald deal”
  1. davekiid says: Aug 21, 2011 12:15 AM

    He plays hard, He earned it.

  2. stairwayto7 says: Aug 21, 2011 12:18 AM

    DeSeana, V-Jack, Calvin and Hobbs, wayne and A.Johnson have never been to the Super Bowl either! Fitz is the man and never complains,fights, sits out half a season, drops a ball before going into the endzone, or go paid in college ( or did he), like the others.

  3. birdobeamen says: Aug 21, 2011 12:33 AM

    Actually, Reggie Wayne has been to the Superbowl….twice….you moron.

  4. mrgroovesd says: Aug 21, 2011 12:34 AM

    He deserves it and doesn’t complain, only ask that the team get guys that can make the team better.

  5. pacificnw7722 says: Aug 21, 2011 12:50 AM

    28yrs old…hmmmmm…???

  6. ratbastardshanahandjob says: Aug 21, 2011 12:56 AM

    Well if you compare the Larry Fitz contract and play on the field. To the contract of Al “Coach” Davis “great playaaa” dhBUST, who is getting 8.5 million this year. Then add in what he does on the field. Arizona got a great bargain…….

  7. kappy32 says: Aug 21, 2011 12:56 AM

    I don’t understand this. Not at all. Eight years for a guy on the wrong side of 25? Also, this is elite player money here & I’m sorry, he’s a good player, but not elite. An elite player makes everyone around him better & he doesn’t do that. Blame the QB all you want for last season, but a $15 million player should have a monster year regardless who’s throwing him the ball. This guy performed only when he had Kurt Warner, one of the best QBs in the past 10 years, throwing him the ball. When your team wins 4 games, there isn’t a single player on your team that is worth $15 million. On the bright side, at least he’ll have some extra cash to buy some thigh & knee pads because he looks like an idiot running around in pure spandex & hair down to his number. $15 million is a lot to risk just to look good, well good in his mind.

  8. darthhitman says: Aug 21, 2011 12:57 AM

    I love my Lions and I love me some Calvin Johnson…but is he’s looking to top that I hope he lands in the AFC is all I can say. NO WR is worth that kind of money, PERIOD!!!

  9. 90sniners says: Aug 21, 2011 1:11 AM

    stairwayto7 says: Aug 21, 2011 12:18 AM

    DeSeana, V-Jack, Calvin and Hobbs, wayne and A.Johnson have never been to the Super Bowl either! Fitz is the man and never complains,fights, sits out half a season, drops a ball before going into the endzone, or go paid in college ( or did he), like the others.

    Ummm…buddy, Calvin and Andre are every bit as good as Fitz, if not better, those 3 names are really just interchangeable. Calvin and Andre, like Fitz, don’t come with any baggage either and are all about football all the time. Some of that stuff is just irrelevant. If AJ deserved to make less than Fitz it would be because he’s 2 years older, not because of some stuff at Miami like 8 years ago or a random fight with Finnegan.

  10. bigguy54 says: Aug 21, 2011 1:18 AM

    WOW they over pay for an avg QB and then pay way too much for a WR. Looks like they are not sure how the salary cap works. Going to be hard to sign other players when the time comes. Good job Cards keep over paying. Fitz is a very good WR but is he $50mill good? I don’t think so, we will see though.

  11. beastson says: Aug 21, 2011 1:20 AM

    I’m totally fine with this. Owners decided and NFLPA agreed not to give unproven rookies their monster contracts and instead they’re able to reward veterans and send a signal: If you play well, you will get paid well.

    My Panthers were able to extend two key players long term because they didn’t have to throw all that money into Cam’s bank account.

  12. rohinaz says: Aug 21, 2011 1:48 AM

    kappy32, you do realize fit had over 90 catches last year with horrible QBs. He is the best WR in the game. The only other guy close is andre johnson.

    Calivin johnson is really good, but not on par with fitz and andre. Calvin has only had 70+ catches 2 times in his career.

    Fitz has more TDs in less years than andre johnson. Fitz broke JERRY RICE’s postseason WR records.

    He is the face of the franchise and he recruits other players to play for the cardinals. He is one of the few people that probobly earns every penny, even though its an insane amount of money.

  13. CKL says: Aug 21, 2011 1:49 AM

    Kudos to Larry, but MAN..as awesome as he is in every way, almost 50 large guaranteed for a WR?????
    Holy schnikes.

  14. hobartbaker says: Aug 21, 2011 1:52 AM

    Mom told me if you want to be successful get a nice haircut. Right.

  15. december77 says: Aug 21, 2011 2:06 AM

    Fitz is an elite receiver without the diva attitude. I think he’s earned his pay day, but as an organization, all that money into a non-QB player? I think that sort of hampers Arizona’s ability to field a more complete/competitive team. I dunno… He’s a beast though, and he has class.

  16. henrykissingerisgod says: Aug 21, 2011 2:29 AM

    Call me old school but isn’t the winning formula building your tram via qb and defense?

  17. randomjim says: Aug 21, 2011 2:42 AM

    I think he got a little bit more with the bargaining power of “will he go home to the Vikings”.
    Well played.

  18. nannymcsack says: Aug 21, 2011 3:16 AM

    But if the bar for wideouts suddenly has been bumped up by 50 percent, what will other receivers want to be paid?With guys like DeSean Jackson, Vincent Jackson, and Calvin Johnson closing in on their veteran contracts and with guys like Reggie Wayne and perhaps Andre Johnson (after he sees the Fitz deal) wanting new ones, things could get very interesting, very soon.

    they aint larry. from a pats fan. they ain’t larry…i repeat…

    15mil is a lil high but the cardinals have the cap room

  19. savannahrose44 says: Aug 21, 2011 3:43 AM

    And they say Seattle throws around retarded money lol.

  20. savannahrose44 says: Aug 21, 2011 3:45 AM

    mrgroovesd says:
    Aug 21, 2011 12:34 AM
    He deserves it and doesn’t complain, only ask that the team get guys that can make the team better.

    ————————————————-

    That might be a little easier if they weren’t handing Fitz such a retarded deal.

  21. jerrytown says: Aug 21, 2011 5:17 AM

    Krappy32:

    Are you serious?!? Larry Fitzgerald is not an elite player? You are out of your mind sir. The man is the hands down leader of that club as well, and football is the purest team sport there is so there isn’t a single player in the game, besides maybe a qb, who can truly “make everyone around him better.” Maybe the cards decided that it’s better to make a statement with the best player in your franchise’s history, rather than let him walk and let bandwagon, “football is my favorite sport but I don’t actually watch it” fans like yourself write a post talking about how cheap the cards are and they never should have let one of the best receivers to ever suit up walk away in free agency. Obviously he’s not gonna get paid like that til he’s 36, the cards front office knows a lot more about the financials of football than you my friend. And I’m pretty sure Larry rocks the same pads as everybody else, he just happens to be a slender guy with badass dreads. Feel free to regurgitate this statement and make it your own the next time you host a football party and spend more time making 7layer nachos and bacon wrapped jalapeños than actually watching the game. Don’t feel bad, someone has to cater to your guests while your wife gets down on the game

  22. pc1976 says: Aug 21, 2011 5:25 AM

    Well done Cards. Now you just need a decent QB, decent RB, a run defense, a pass defense…

  23. ajknox88 says: Aug 21, 2011 5:59 AM

    Calvin johnson and andre johnson are both better.

  24. christopher525 says: Aug 21, 2011 6:16 AM

    Not only did Reggie Wayne go to 2 Super Bowls, he WON one of those. Also, Fitz hasn’t done it without Anquan opposite himself.

  25. erniecohen says: Aug 21, 2011 7:39 AM

    The report said that $50M guaranteed and $17M for each of the last 4 years. By my reading of that statement, the best case for the team is $13M/year for the first 4 years (essentially all of it guaranteed), and $17M/year for the last 4 phony years. So it’s really 4 years, $13M/year, all guaranteed. That’s still way too much.

  26. edukator4 says: Aug 21, 2011 7:42 AM

    90 grabs and over 1000 yards with max hall and anderson throwing you the ball IS a monster season.
    calvin and andre are the only 2 that should ne mentioned. desean and vincent are the next level guys and will benefit because they will get more money as a result of the bar being raised.

  27. wannabeqb says: Aug 21, 2011 8:01 AM

    28 year old gets a 8 year deal, theres no way the last 2 years of the contract will ever be reached. the 34yr old Fitz will have to renegotiate, will be cut or will have retired before then

  28. marcus158 says: Aug 21, 2011 8:06 AM

    So if no WR is worth as much as Fitz has been payed…

    Does that mean it’s OK to give 35 year old Peyton Manning 90 million guaranteed for 5 years when he has 2 years max left in the tank?

    Or what about rookies before the new CBA who were getting $50 million contracts when they’d done nothing in the NFL?

    Or Antrel Rolle who’s not even a Top 10 safety signing for the Giants last year in a deal which made him the highest payed safety in the league?

    You people either have very short memories or you’re all 49er fans who are pissed that Fitzgerald is going to burn your secondary for another 8 years.

  29. whatsafairway says: Aug 21, 2011 8:24 AM

    Cardinal fans, get ready, your ticket prices are going in the opposite direction of the stock market, up.

  30. steelerdynasty2010 says: Aug 21, 2011 9:20 AM

    @kappy32:
    not elite? are you kidding me? doesnt matter who is throwing you the ball? do you watch football or do you just post to see who you can agitate? that logic works the other direction (ie it doesnt matter who your receivers are, throw them catchable balls and they will make plays…..donovan mcnabb see tom brady). wr is a completely dependent position. there’s only one ball and usually at least 2 wr on the field, sometimes up to 5. then there’s the coverage and the qb’s ability to correctly read said coverage. and finally, poor protection leads to sacks and missed reads. if the qb cant/doesnt get you the ball, then you cannot be productive. he runs great routes, blocks, reads & reacts to coverage, best hands in the game bar none, and has the speed, athleticism, and body control that make him practically uncoverable if you can get the ball within his reach. not elite? he’s the high water mark for today’s nfl receiver. imo, he is the best one going right now.

    @bigguy54:
    yes, he’s $50mil good. but i agree with you that they overpaid for the position, but then again maybe not. not having to overpay rookies allows for this kind of salary for a proven veteran, but we have to also consider the kind of money other vets on the team will want after seeing this contract

  31. steelerdynasty2010 says: Aug 21, 2011 9:23 AM

    @ajknox88:
    better in what ways?

  32. willcool21 says: Aug 21, 2011 9:53 AM

    Calvin johnson is smiling somewhere

  33. depotnator says: Aug 21, 2011 12:53 PM

    This kind of contract is bad for the team and the league. However, Fitz has never a been had off-field issues, so I assume that intangible entered into the numbers. If so, I think the NFL should have a ‘role model’ contract component to justify some aspect of the numbers. Why not have an incentive for staying out of trouble, and contributing back to the community. If 20M of his 50M guaranteed was based upon staying out of ‘legal trouble’ for 8 years ( or whatever), who could argue with that? Instead of Goodell putting bad behavior in the news, every new contract would announce a ‘role model’ component.

  34. frankrizzo51 says: Aug 21, 2011 2:59 PM

    Makes me kind of glad the Bears don’t have any good receivers. They’d have to give them the money instead of spending it on the o-line…..wait….never mind.

  35. syncro9z says: Aug 21, 2011 3:46 PM

    I’m a cardinals fan, so ya, maybe I’m biased. Larry is a solid person. A ELITE PLAYER. Not just a great reciever. He is a leader. I watched Larry get better and better every year he has played. This year is no different. He makes incredible look routine. 120/8yrs. Yes that is quarterback money. We also spent top dollar on the best quarterback available this off season. Whether or not people beleive Kevin Kolb will be a great quarterback is an opinion at this point. What has changed this year is NFL is finally starting to reward players who have and continue to prove they are worthy of buckling their chin straps. Every team has experienced ridiculous money spent on a rookie that should be painting the field lines instead. Haters hate. #11 will keep burning your secondary.

  36. dawkattack says: Aug 21, 2011 4:59 PM

    The Only One Who Should Outdo That Is Andre That Man Is A Beast On Another Level.

  37. qtownchawk says: Aug 21, 2011 6:34 PM

    good lawd thats a lotta money

  38. rabidmike says: Aug 21, 2011 6:43 PM

    Pretty positve feedback for the Cards for once. Fans like syncro9z are top notch, they recognize that guys like Kolb and Fitz aren’t just talented, they strap it on and put in the work on and off the field. Worth every penny. And I dont understand this talk of QB money? We have a QB and he got himself a nice 6 yr deal. There isn’t a Cards fan out their that would trade Fitz straight up for Eli Manning and he got Elite QB money, nor would we take guys on the wrong side of 30 like Peyton or Brady. Bottomline this team will legitimately compete for the Superbowl for at least the next 5 years. And you can write this down, the 2015 Superbowl will be a home game for Fitz, Kolb and syncro9z.

  39. killxswitch says: Aug 24, 2011 10:50 AM

    marcus158 says: Aug 21, 2011 8:06 AM

    So if no WR is worth as much as Fitz has been payed…

    Does that mean it’s OK to give 35 year old Peyton Manning 90 million guaranteed for 5 years when he has 2 years max left in the tank?
    ——————————–

    Before spouting off maybe you should make sure you know what you’re talking about. $90 million guaranteed? Did you really type that?

    “2 years max” is also arguable but the $90 million comment is just flat wrong AND easily looked up.

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