Cardinals fans breathed a size of relief — and fans of teams that covet a Hall of Fame receiver uttered a profanity or two — when Larry Fitzgerald slashed his 2014 cap number from $18 million to less than $9 million.
Next year, however, it’s time to pay the piper, thanks to a cap number that shoots to $23.6 million.
In a Thursday sit-down with Pro Football Talk on NBCSN, Cardinals G.M. (and PFT 2013 executive of the year) Steve Keim acknowledged that the situation will have to be addressed next season. Keim recognized that at some point Fitzgerald may have to take a pay cut to stay in Arizona, and Keim admitted that an outsider could believe based on the cap number that Fitzgerald may not retire with the Cardinals.
For now, the Cardinals have Fitzgerald under contract for one more year, and the team apparently plans to load up the roster via free agency, in the hopes of surpassing the 49ers and the Seahawks. The restructuring helps the Cardinals toward that goal, even if it makes it much harder to keep Fitzgerald around for the long haul.