In this day and age of salary cap issues the Arizona Cardinals are no different than any other NFL franchise. That is why it is being reported that the team has offered top WR Larry Fitzgerald an extension.
The four year pro who is playing in the Pro Bowl tomorrow is scheduled to make a whopping $14.6 million dollars this year and $16 million next year. General Manager Rod Graves declined to get specific about the offer but did say it is substantial enough to raise Fitzgerald near the top of the NFL contract food chain. “Larry has proven himself to be an elite player, and the offer would put him among the elite players,” Graves said. “We feel good about our offer.”
Contract conversations have been ongoing with the team and Fitzgerald’s agent, Eugene Parker. Graves said there have been “steady talks” over the past couple of weeks. Graves calls getting this deal done “crucial” before free agency starts at the end of the month.
“His cap number will have an affect with how we proceed in free agency,” Graves said, allowing that without a new deal, the Cards not only will be hamstrung with new players but also re-signing their own free agents.
Because of the importance of Fitzgerald’s situation, Graves said the team’s other offseason business has been relegated to the back burner.