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Report: Fitzgerald's contract forbids tagging

Posted on: August 15, 2011 10:59 pm
Edited on: August 16, 2011 6:07 am
 
FitzgeraldPosted by Josh Katzowitz

An interesting tidbit in the contract of Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald was discovered by the sources of ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter. Basically, as Schefter reports, the Cardinals will not have the opportunity to place the franchise tag on Fitzgerald once his contract expires after this season.

Obviously, this is a very Fitzgerald-friendly clause, because assuming it could slap the tag on Fitzgerald, Arizona could keep him another season without having to sign him to a long-term deal (the caveat there is that the Cardinals would have to pay him the average of the top-five WRs in the league). That still would give the team plenty of leverage.

Most players hate this maneuver because it restricts their flexibility -- where they can play and how much they can play for. But somehow, Fitzgerald got it written into his four-year, $40 million contract that he signed in 2008 that the franchise tag is moot in his case.

The Cardinals and Fitzgerald are apparently working on a long-term deal, and with the addition of a few key free agents -- which, conveniently, you can check out in our Free Agent Tracker! -- it seems that Fitzgerald actually is interested in staying in Arizona long term.

Apparently, giving Fitzgerald some help at the TE spot (Todd Heap) and the QB spot (Kevin Kolb instead of, ugh, Derek Anderson) made him more willing to tie himself to Arizona for the future.

“Life is good. WWe have a QB, TE and I couldn’t be happier with the way this team is coming together” Fitzgerald told Xtra 910 AM earlier this month.

And luckily for Fitzgerald, it sounds like the Cardinals want to give him a ton of money.

"We want Larry to end his career as an Arizona Cardinal," GM Rod Graves told The Associated Press earlier this month, "and we are prepared to make him the highest-paid player in team history and one of the highest-paid players in the NFL."

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Comments

Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: August 16, 2011 10:44 am
 

Report: Fitzgerald's contract forbids tagging

LOL and benbow below me!!

A smack talking fan of Baltimore, New York, Boston (C's and B's), Alabama (probably college football) and UCONN (probably men's college hoops)

This dude seems to be a fan of teams that win often but lives in Oregon.

That being said I'll assume he has lived in Baltimore, Boston, NYC, Alabama and Connecticut, whew, I thought I traveled around a lot.



Since: Mar 15, 2010
Posted on: August 16, 2011 9:50 am
 

Report: Fitzgerald's contract forbids tagging

I would bet that Larry will take his first opportunity to get out of Arizona and get to a team that can win!



He's gotta be tired of the losing!   



Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: August 16, 2011 9:25 am
 

Report: Fitzgerald's contract forbids tagging

You can't sink all your money into a skill position that's so easily replaced and (in people like Fitz's case) so easily hurt.  No one wideout is going to take your team to a Super Bowl, heck, no one player can do it - you have to have a good TEAM, and if you pay some prima donna huge coin every time they have a good season, you're not going to be able to afford to field a complete team.  So, these players whine and complain to make as much as they can, then are upset when the team doesn't win - so then when they are old and broken they try to parlay their past glory into a roster spot on a team that can compete for a ring...a ring they might have had if they just played for reasonable money and helped the team get better.  

(Oh, and proofread your article, Josh, I mean - seriously.) 



Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: August 16, 2011 4:05 am
 

Report: Fitzgerald's contract forbids tagging

It isn't news. The "Eye on Football" guys don't report news, the read then copy and paste things from actual stories, rumors and blogs. Nothing the offer could be called news. Maybe the day before when it was originally posted, but not once they copy and paste it. And the opinions they add only display they don't follow football closely.



Since: Oct 9, 2008
Posted on: August 16, 2011 3:53 am
 

Report: Fitzgerald's contract forbids tagging

"An interestin tidbit.."

"'Life is good. WWe have a QB, TE andI couldn't..."

Please find someone to edit your stories, Josh. Or at least run spell check. It ruins -- for me -- anything you have to write.

Thanks.

- Rick Bruni Jr.



Since: Aug 16, 2011
Posted on: August 16, 2011 3:40 am
 

Report: Fitzgerald's contract forbids tagging

I guess 2 playoff appearances as well as a Super Bowl appearance in the last 3 years isn't winning.  Things may have been a big CF last year but the Cardinals improved themselves WAY more than anyone else in the division and they have just as much of a legit arguement to win the NFC worst as the other 3.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: August 16, 2011 3:32 am
 

Report: Fitzgerald's contract forbids tagging

"Most players hate this maneuver because it restricts their flexibility -- where they can play and how much they can play for. But somehow, Fitzgerald got it written into his four-year, $40 million contract that he signed in 2008 that the franchise tag is moot in his case."

What a poorly written article. It starts by saying that players do not like to get "tagged" but then it goes on to say that Fitzgerald made it point that he could not be tagged. 


Mr. Katz should have written

"Like most players who dislike being tagged because it restricts their flexibility Fitzgerald had it written into his four-year........"

 



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: August 16, 2011 2:43 am
 

Report: Fitzgerald's contract forbids tagging

The Cardinals will make Larry Fitzgerald the richest WR in the NFL once again and will sign him before the season even ends from all the rumors that are swirling around right now. Fitzgerald will end his career as a Red Bird now.



Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: August 16, 2011 2:01 am
 

Report: Fitzgerald's contract forbids tagging

I'm surprised to see this as news.  Cardinals fans have known about this clause since he signed his last extension three years ago.  Most of us have cussed it many times.  But, if Larry signs another deal to stay here, it's all good.

Well they probably had to give him that clause because of the situation the Cards were in.  As I recall he hit all of the of the retardedly impossible accelerators in his previous deal and was going to break the Cards right then and there if they had to pay them out.  At least they got a Super Bowl run with him.  I imagine they will be able to extend him anyway, so it is probably a moot point.  I haven't heard that he wants out at all, although I suppose he may want to go to a better off offensive team if the Cards can't make this season worth his time.  I could see it going either way.



Since: Nov 15, 2010
Posted on: August 16, 2011 1:41 am
 

Report: Fitzgerald's contract forbids tagging

All this fuss over Fitzgerald.  Sure he leaps over covering players in a single bound; one handedly catches passes that most mortals miss..... but was it all the fault of one QB last year that he's no longer catching dishes in the breakfast chain commercials this year???  Derek Anderson probably couldn't have connected with Fitz in the fast handed grabs in his breakfast commercials a little while back but is Kolb Fitz's savior?  Last year wasn't his stellar year.  I've seen some A.J. Green pre-season practice plays that made last year's performances look rather dismal (and A.J. is catching over-throws from Dalton).  Cummon now..... $40 mil and a frachise tag.  I'll await the Denny's commercials.



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