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Cards give Fitzgerald huge extension (VIDEO)

Posted on: August 20, 2011 8:52 pm
Edited on: August 20, 2011 10:42 pm
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FitzgeraldPosted by Josh Katzowitz

You know that self-imposed deadline of Sept. 4 for Larry Fitzgerald and the Cardinals to get a contract extension done? Well, you can forget it. A new contract, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, has been completed.

And the figure is a mind-blowing number: eight years, $120 million with $50 million guaranteed.

Before the final figures were tallied, the Cardinals front office said it had no problem making Fitzgerald one of the highest-paid players in the league -- and the best-paid player in team history -- and to see him retire as a Cardinals player. Now, it seems like there's a pretty good chance they’ve done it (Fitzgerald will turn 28 at the end of this month).

"It's interesting," Fitzgerald said. "I told Mr. (Michael) Bidwell how much I hate this part of sports. This is the game I love. I'm so passionate about it. When you talk about the business side, it makes me uncomfortable. I'm really happy to put it behind us."

Fitzgerald's Rich Deal
And though we all assumed that Fitzgerald wouldn't want to sign a long-term deal unless the Cardinals made marked improvements in free agency last offseason, Fitzgerald said that wasn't the case.

"I'm not one to try to hold a hammer over anybody's head," said Fitzgerald, who already owns most of the team's receiving records (as well as the league's playoff receiving records, accumulated during the team's Super Bowl XLIII run). "This is Mr. Bidwell's team. He's going to do everything he can to make this organization go. The activity in free agency this year is something I haven't seen since I've been here. That's a sign of things to come. We're going to continue to be aggressive making this team better. I'm confident that's going to happen."

And considering Arizona already has given QB Kevin Kolb a $63 million deal (with $20 million guaranteed), the Cardinals are a team that has to feel confident that they’ll have a high-powered pass offense for years to come.

And in case you want to see the entire news conference from Saturday night, here it is.


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Comments

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: August 21, 2011 9:47 am
 

Cards give Fitzgerald huge extension (VIDEO)

Glad to know the NFL is not in recession..



Since: Jun 1, 2007
Posted on: August 21, 2011 9:16 am
 

Cards give Fitzgerald huge extension (VIDEO)

So, does Fitzgerald believe in Kevin Kolb or is he just interested in paying himself first? If I were him, I'd of headed out of town at the earliest opportunity Get to a proven winner with a proven quarterback and rack up some records and rings!



Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: August 21, 2011 8:42 am
 

Cards give Fitzgerald huge extension (VIDEO)

Htis is why I don't attend football games. Due to escalating contracts, I can't afford them. Nor do I want to pay for them. I watch from my own TV. I've got surround sound and instant replays via DVR. It wouldn't put it past the owners and players that they've come up with some scheme to ban their games from regular tv and go to their own network similar to Thursday games in order to generate more revenue. Only time will tell. I still think the owners are sissies for allowing the players association to bully them into their childish demands. 



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: August 21, 2011 7:24 am
 

Cards give Fitzgerald huge extension (VIDEO)

This just shows that Larry doesn't care about wining.
Yeah, he should have went to the 49ers where he could be a "winer" win Alex Smith




Since: May 23, 2007
Posted on: August 21, 2011 7:19 am
 

Cards give Fitzgerald huge extension (VIDEO)

Sorry but during these tough economic times, nobody is worth that kind of money.  Fitz may be a good football player but geez!  No wonder lots of people can't afford to go to NFL games anymore. 



Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: August 21, 2011 6:58 am
 

Cards give Fitzgerald huge extension (VIDEO)

I think that the Cardinals made a very smart move by signing "Fitz" to a long-term deal that will make him the richest player in Cardinal history as well as one of the most richest WR in the NFL. He's in the top 5-10 best WR in the league so why not pay him like one. Also that wouldn't have set well with "Fitz" because the Cards paid a lot of money to sign Kolb and he hasn't done enough in the NFL to prove that he deserves that type of money. If you're gonna pay Kolb that type of money,then you had better paid the team's best proven WR a lot of money as well. It finally shows that Bidwell isn't too stingy with paying a lot of money to make the Cardinals a SB type team. Congrats to you "Fitz" on your deal!!!Money mouthCoolMoney mouth



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: August 21, 2011 3:56 am
 

Cards give Fitzgerald huge extension (VIDEO)

now that the Cards have gotten a good QB in Kevin Kolb for many years to come
Kevin Kolb is not a proven quantity: too small of a resume to say one way or the other.  The organization thinks they've gotten a good QB for many years to come, but he could still very well be quite the bust (and if he is, the Cardinals are set back years).



Since: Aug 21, 2011
Posted on: August 21, 2011 1:07 am
 

Cards give Fitzgerald huge extension (VIDEO)

Eight years.  120 million.  Are you kidding me?  What the hell is wrong with our country?  Shameful.  Truly shameful. 



Since: Jun 1, 2011
Posted on: August 21, 2011 12:37 am
 

Cards give Fitzgerald huge extension (VIDEO)

This just shows that Larry doesn't care about wining. 



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: August 21, 2011 12:21 am
 

Cards give Fitzgerald huge extension (VIDEO)

The shocking part is the $$, that's the question - whether a 'top' WR is worth that much.  I don't believe any WR is...but I would not question his talent, effort, or importance to the team.  The Cards probably did grossly overpay, but it's their $$ to blow.


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