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Cardinals may already be detaching from Fitzgerald

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With a revised contract that dropped his 2014 cap number from $18 million to $9 million, Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald ensured that he’d spend another year with the team.  The corresponding increase in his 2015 cap number to $23.6 million could make the coming season Fitzgerald’s last season in Arizona.

At the Scouting Combine, Cardinals G.M. Steve Keim admitted that, to an outsider, it may appear that Fitzgerald won’t retire with the Cardinals.  For his part, Fitzgerald has said that he’s focused only on 2014.

The Cardinals can’t afford to focus only on 2014.  They have a team to run indefinitely into the future, and they need to be thinking about next year even before the current year starts.

In that vein, the Cardinals seem to be already detaching from Fitzgerald, based on a report from veteran NFL writer Dan Pompei.  Based on his visit to camp, Pompei notes that “Michael Floyd is in for a big year,” and that “[s]ome people in camp think he’ll be their No. 1 [receiver].”

While that may indeed be a testament to Floyd, the opinion can’t be expressed or considered without acknowledging Fitzgerald and his $23.6 million.  Especially with Floyd having a cap number of only $2.7 million in 2014 and $3.172 million in 2015.

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69 Responses to “Cardinals may already be detaching from Fitzgerald”
  1. ammarradhi says: Aug 14, 2014 10:10 AM

    Time for him to come to the Vikings

  2. jimmyt says: Aug 14, 2014 10:14 AM

    Fitz never should have re-signed there in the first place. money isn’t everything.

  3. redeemerac says: Aug 14, 2014 10:15 AM

    He had Warner for a few years and put up huge numbers, since then not much. A Hall of Fame receiver IMO who probably will never get in because of lousy QB play.

  4. eramming says: Aug 14, 2014 10:15 AM

    Cards would be fools to let the best player in franchise history to leave. He’s worth more to the cardinals than 24million. He’s the face of the franchise and a leader in the community.

  5. jermainewiggins says: Aug 14, 2014 10:15 AM

    Come home to MN!

  6. beyondclarity says: Aug 14, 2014 10:16 AM

    See you back home in MN next season Larry.

  7. dcstinks says: Aug 14, 2014 10:20 AM

    philly

  8. realdealsteel says: Aug 14, 2014 10:21 AM

    Why didn’t he go to the Patriots when he had the chance? Why keep staying on a team that can never win anything? He’d of still gotten paid by the Patriots. Just doesn’t make any sense.

  9. pftcoachmen says: Aug 14, 2014 10:25 AM

    How convienant.

    Greg Jennings contract gets big next year. Could be a swap.

    Fitz loves min.

  10. atthemurph says: Aug 14, 2014 10:27 AM

    Fitz does need to go to MN next year. He’s very experienced with playing on a team with no QBs.

  11. Commenting off the bench. . . says: Aug 14, 2014 10:28 AM

    $18 Million last year, $23 Million next year? So many players sign contracts that are so back-loaded, it makes it almost impossible for a team to keep them for the entire contract. Better to have a contract that is more consistent across the years that also compensates for performance. (I’m not really sure how performance laden contract affect cap space. Does a team have to set aside any money that is potentially paid out?)
    .
    That being said, the Cards look good this year. We’ll know game one when my Chargers head down there. Should be a great game.

  12. patriotsarespygaters says: Aug 14, 2014 10:30 AM

    pats pls get him he can actually catch

  13. connorchew says: Aug 14, 2014 10:31 AM

    I’ve had dreams for years now that Larry Fitz would catch passes in midnight green. (Ok, in my dreams it was kelly green). Even if he’s on the decline I’d still love to see my dream come true. Excellent locker room leader as well as a great mentor for a young reciever.

  14. mezter says: Aug 14, 2014 10:34 AM

    I would love to see him come to the 49ers, but I think he should to back to MN.

  15. greg285 says: Aug 14, 2014 10:37 AM

    He will end up with the Patriots and that will suck…..

  16. pilot2011 says: Aug 14, 2014 10:37 AM

    You know he would look good in Charlotte. He and Kelvin Benjamin would literally be unstoppable. Can you say, hey just throw it up there?

  17. starfan79 says: Aug 14, 2014 10:38 AM

    He is probably ready to go… to Denver so he can win. Im a Cowboy fan and I know we cant help him do that… sad sad year coming for us

  18. mazenblue says: Aug 14, 2014 10:41 AM

    Send him to the Jags. They need some help

  19. luz56 says: Aug 14, 2014 10:41 AM

    I am hearing another extension in years.. Fitz does not want to leave and will do all he can to stay.. Their big problem is they don’t have a starting QB for 2015

  20. biggredbird76 says: Aug 14, 2014 10:44 AM

    FITZ WILL GET WAIVED AND HE WILL CLEAR WAIVERS CAUSE NO ONE IS GOING TO PICK UP THAT 23.6 MILL. THEN HE WILL RESIGN WITH AZ

  21. v2787 says: Aug 14, 2014 10:44 AM

    C’mon Vikings–make this happen. Can you imagine Fitz and Cordarelle Patterson running routes for Teddy Bridgewater next year, while AP runs for 2,600 yards? Let’s do this!

  22. nepatsfan1 says: Aug 14, 2014 10:45 AM

    Why would he leave a non playoff contender to another never has been, was or ever will be contender with Minnesota? Who will be last in their division yet again this year.

  23. pittsburghdamned says: Aug 14, 2014 10:45 AM

    And Fitzgerald can’t wait. Carson Palmer as your QB?

    Ugh

  24. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Aug 14, 2014 10:47 AM

    I don’t think it’s news that there is absolutely zero chance that the Cardinals are going to pay him $23.6M next year. And that would be true even if he had his best year as a pro this season.

  25. MostlyRight says: Aug 14, 2014 10:50 AM

    When Floyd was the 1st round draft pick 3 years ago the writing on the wall started. I think with that contract he won’t be traded…he’ll be told he’s free to test the market, and either some team will overpay or he will forego some money in exchange for being one of those rare players who spends a career with one team as the face of the franchise long after they stop playing. I could see him sticking around as a coach…he already coaches up younger players around the league, and has even been known to let rookies crash at his house.

  26. beattention says: Aug 14, 2014 10:52 AM

    The days of old will never come back as fan loyalty is quite different from player loyalty. Fans are stuck in so much as they are probably fans because of the team is generally from the area in which the fan lives but the player is only loyalty to the team because of the money in his contract.

  27. dawgnme says: Aug 14, 2014 11:01 AM

    … and Andre Johnson just keeps putting up 100/1000 every year without EVER having a good QB.

  28. granadafan says: Aug 14, 2014 11:04 AM

    Guys like Fitz deserve better, but that 2015 cap number. Wow! Fitz blew it by setting himself up to be waived in the last year of the contract because no NFL team can afford a non-QB cap number of 23 million. He’s leaving a huge number on the table when the Cards cut him.

  29. justintuckrule says: Aug 14, 2014 11:07 AM

    He’s still playing? Thought he retired after that catch and run in the SB

  30. azjohnny says: Aug 14, 2014 11:07 AM

    No WR is worth what his cap hit will be. Unless the Cards can redo the contract they will have to let him go

  31. ayyyjayyy says: Aug 14, 2014 11:07 AM

    Niners baby!

  32. rcali says: Aug 14, 2014 11:08 AM

    The WR for The Arizona NFL Franchise should have plenty of takers but will probably have to take a little less to be with a contender.

  33. ballreaper says: Aug 14, 2014 11:10 AM

    I have always felt you never ever give big time contracts to WR’s regardless if they are top 5 in the league , Unless you were sure you had a STUD at Quarterback.

    Arizona went the other way around instead of finding a STUD QB then securing a stud WR .WE even see it now with teams like the Buffalo bills who give up next year NUMBER 1 pick for a receiver.When the team is now going on hope now with a 2nd year rookie QB who was not only hurt but far from impressive.

    Note to teams!! if you can’t secure or isn’t sure about a stud QB . just go build up your DEFENSE until further notice.

  34. southpaw2k says: Aug 14, 2014 11:12 AM

    I love arm chair GMs on here who scream for their team to deal for Fitz without taking into account the small fact that he’s due to make $23.6 million next year. Not many teams can afford salary cap hits like that, and those that can likely won’t use it on a wide receiver. In order for a deal to be struck, the team acquiring him would have to work out a new contract deal, which would only push out his big cap hits into further years out, and that would only compound the problem.

    I don’t have the faintest idea where Fitz will play in 2015, but the resolution to this situation isn’t nearly as simple as a team stepping up to deal a draft pick or two in exchange for him.

  35. Big Ant TV says: Aug 14, 2014 11:18 AM

    come too cleveland
    u can tutor josh gordon when get back from suspension

  36. ytrappin504 says: Aug 14, 2014 11:19 AM

    The difference between Fitzgerald and Johnson? Johnson consistently had the same quarterback while Fitzgerald has been using a new QB every year since my saints demolished the cardinals.

  37. mogogo1 says: Aug 14, 2014 11:20 AM

    Would it be possible for him to sue the team for wasting so many years of his great career? I couldn’t understand why he re-signed.

  38. blackqbwhiterb says: Aug 14, 2014 11:20 AM

    Come to Washington DC and support native Americans alongside Robert Griffin the third

  39. whatjusthapped says: Aug 14, 2014 11:22 AM

    Fitz grew up in the Trash Cities but that hometown discount only goes so far. If he has learned anything in the NFL as a star WR, your upside potential is married to a decent QB and the Viking’s don’t have one now, haven’t had one for a very long time and next year isn’t looking too promising either.

    This late in his career, he needs to start thinking about getting a ring and the Viking’s history in that department is as depressing as you will find in the NFL.

  40. realfootballfan says: Aug 14, 2014 11:28 AM

    I’d be shocked if he’s still here a year from now. He hasn’thad a 1000 yard season in 2 years and seems like they’re going out of their way to say how much better Floyd has gotten, even intimating that he’s now the #1 receiver. Unless he wants to take a pay cut, which I don’t see from him, I’d expect him to move on next spring.

  41. joefelicelli says: Aug 14, 2014 11:35 AM

    If a team trades for him, they don’t pay the cap charge the Cards carry, they are just on the hook for whatever his base salary and bonuses paid in that year are. The Cards take a huge hit against the cap regardless of whether they cut him, trade him, or keep him. In this case, there is $14.4M in dead money that hits the cap if they get rid of him next year. If they trade him, another team would pay his $8M base salary, his $8M roster bonus, plus the other bonuses he has in his deal, so they would end up close to $20M that they would owe, but they would not have any obligation for the signing bonus of the contract, which is all paid by Arizona.
    Teams like Cleveland could handle that. If they did something with him this year, there is $22M of dead money that hits the cap, only offset by $1M in base salary that they would save.

  42. fwippel says: Aug 14, 2014 11:38 AM

    If he doesn’t demand a huge contract, he may get lucky and end up in New England.

  43. sandersmarcus10 says: Aug 14, 2014 11:54 AM

    These big contracts make no sense when there will be no way teams pays one player that amount at the end of those contracts. Players should know that as well.

  44. mdd913 says: Aug 14, 2014 11:54 AM

    Vikings…….hahahahahahaha

  45. wydok says: Aug 14, 2014 11:58 AM

    Howie Roseman on line 2…

  46. bam5239 says: Aug 14, 2014 12:00 PM

    $9 million in cap savings if he’s cut next year and it only goes up from there. I mean a 3 year extension with zero new money (spreading his current bonuses and salary over the extended 3 years) could be an answer, but would he be willing to take that? It would make him a 37-38 year old player but only a $4-5 million cap hit. But, it looks much more likely he’ll be cut after the SB.

  47. darkneptune73 says: Aug 14, 2014 12:22 PM

    Come back home to Minnesota, Larry.

  48. deathonwings410 says: Aug 14, 2014 12:26 PM

    I could easily see him going to the New England Patriots.

  49. Mr. Wright 212 says: Aug 14, 2014 12:36 PM

    Of course they are. They were preparing for that last year. And as I said before, overpaying Peterson to help him get back at Sherman all but guaranteed that Fitzgerald AND Dockett won’t be there for long.

  50. jumboli says: Aug 14, 2014 12:51 PM

    What people don’t understand about Larry is he has never been about the money. He has made comments that he has not spent one penny of his upfront signing bonuses since he started in the NFL. He simply lives off his salary and saves the rest. He doesn’t want to leave and the team wants him to retire as a Cardinal. They will work something out.

  51. Frazier28/7 says: Aug 14, 2014 1:11 PM

    come on home Larry!

  52. djshnooks says: Aug 14, 2014 1:12 PM

    They’re trying to trade him to Buffalo for Thad Lewis…just waiting for a Hoyer move.

  53. lunarpie says: Aug 14, 2014 1:25 PM

    Bill Belicheck is on the phone as I type… No doubt.

    Fitz would solve Tom’s problem in NE!!!

  54. ugadogs21 says: Aug 14, 2014 1:42 PM

    If they have to part because of money I hope it goes smoothly. Never been Fitzgerald fan but damn he’s a helluva player and a class act in the community.

  55. irishdodger says: Aug 14, 2014 1:46 PM

    fitzgerald is a HoFer & a great guy but Floyd is the future & has the talent to be an All-Pro. Kid was unstoppable in college

  56. jagsfan2012 says: Aug 14, 2014 1:52 PM

    Come to Jacksonville. We need the help plus we have no state income tax. He’s been a class act, total team player. Would love to have him.

  57. grogantomorgan says: Aug 14, 2014 2:06 PM

    Oh well, I hope he moves to a team that has the opportunity to win a super bowl !

    He deserves to end his career on a high note.

  58. arzcardinals says: Aug 14, 2014 2:15 PM

    They’ll do exactly what they did this year…redo the contract as signing bonus money and his cap will be around 10mill. You are a fool if you think the cards are gonna let him walk.

  59. 12thman84 says: Aug 14, 2014 2:20 PM

    Come to Seattle, and get a ring….

    Go Hawks!

  60. ringheadcrusher says: Aug 14, 2014 2:52 PM

    Go ahead and detach from Fitz. Someone else will attach to him. Immediately if not sooner.

  61. Dogsweat says: Aug 14, 2014 3:05 PM

    San Francisco are the elite team in the NFL and Fitz will coming to the 49ers, to play with the greatest QB in all of the NFL.

  62. ilovecostcobut says: Aug 14, 2014 3:17 PM

    If he really wanted to retire a Cardinal, he shouldn’t
    have been so greedy. Tim Duncan: $10,000,000-year. What?
    Fitz can’t live on that?

  63. steves11 says: Aug 14, 2014 3:21 PM

    Fitzgerald would look great in Chip Kelly’s offense!

  64. steves11 says: Aug 14, 2014 3:23 PM

    “He simply lives off his salary and saves the rest”

    Ha…I’d love to live off his salary too!

  65. jgcope51 says: Aug 14, 2014 3:36 PM

    Cards For Life!!!

  66. pttbrand says: Aug 14, 2014 3:41 PM

    Everyone says MINNESOTA.. Get real, like Teddy B is any better than Carson Palmer.. My money would be him signing somewhere with a stud QB.

  67. pau49ers says: Aug 14, 2014 4:06 PM

    As a 49ers fan, I think the Cards are better than their 10-6 record last year. They had 4 games against Seattle and SF. They are a really good team.

  68. buccaneerbeezy says: Aug 15, 2014 1:40 AM

    Send him to the Jets

  69. myron19 says: Aug 15, 2014 9:09 AM

    Rather he stays with the cardinals or goes to another team Fritz is a very good receiver and classy guy. Don’t see Arizona paying him 23 million after just making Peterson the highest paid DB in the league.

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