We got a reminder of the $18 million cap figure that Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald carries for the 2014 season when a report surfaced about the Patriots sending out feelers about a trade for the wideout before the 2013 season.
Nothing came of it, obviously, but the Cardinals do have some thinking to do about Fitzgerald this offseason. Fitzgerald, who turns 31 in August, is set to make $12.75 million in 2014 and more than that over the final four years of the deal. After the season, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reported that Fitzgerald was unwilling to take a pay cut although the receiver said Thursday that he’s open to restructuring.
“Absolutely. If that’s what needs to be done, that’s what needs to be done,” Fitzgerald said in an interview with Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910.
Getting the cap number down is certainly something that would help the Cardinals, but a restructure would just push the cap hit deeper into the contract. His cap number is already $21.5 million for the 2015 season, which doesn’t make that option a particularly attractive one for Arizona.