Cardinals general manager Rod Graves is optimistic about talks on a new contract for perennial Pro Bowl wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. “Those negotiations are ongoing, and at this point I have all reasons to be optimistic,” Graves said at the Combine on Friday. “That’s more my personality than anything else. But Larry means a lot to our football team. I think that’s an understatement, but we’re going to work and try to do everything we can to try consummate the deal and keep him as part of our history.”
Fitzgerald will earn $7 million in 2011, after which his contract will void. The Cardinals will not be able to use a franchise or transition tag to restrict Fitzgerald’s movement in the 2012 off-season, which is why the two sides are discussing a contract now. The 27-year old caught 90 passes for 1,137 yards and 6 touchdowns in a 2010 season that saw the Cardinals start four different quarterbacks in the first season in the post-Kurt Warner era. A five-time Pro Bowler, Fitzgerald has 613 receptions for 8,204 yards and 65 touchdowns in 108 games.