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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’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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Since: Jun 1, 2011
Posted on: August 16, 2011 12:56 am

Report: Fitzgerald's contract forbids tagging

But if Larry ever wants to win he needs to leave Arizona...

Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: August 15, 2011 11:35 pm

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. 

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: August 15, 2011 11:35 pm

Report: Fitzgerald's contract forbids tagging

The franchise tag is retarded.  Sign your player before his contract ends or let him hit the free market.  With the rookie wage scale in place there should no longer be a franchise tag.  If you can't work out a long term deal at some point before the end of 5 years you don't deserve to have exclusive rights to a player, bottom line.

I still think the players are stupid for keeping that tag.

Since: Feb 28, 2007
Posted on: August 15, 2011 11:09 pm

Report: Fitzgerald's contract forbids tagging

arizona had the money available.  i see them giving him a contract for sure.  You do not want to let a guy like him go.   I wish the Raiders took him when they had the chance .

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