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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
 
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: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: August 20, 2011 10:21 pm
 

Cardinals give Fitzgerald huge contract extension

Well, considering that the team knows that it will never have an elite QB to pay that kind of money...they did the next best thing. They gave it to LF and a few years later he will want to renegotiate his "paltry" contract because "a man's got to be paid what he's worth and he has to feed his family". This is too funny! Usually you give players alot of money only after they have helped you win the Super Bowl. Seeing as the Cardinals are destined to win the next Super Bowl (according to most sports experts/writers and Cardinal fans).

So LF makes more money than Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. Wow! The Cardinals are starting to sound like the West Coast version of the Philly Eagles...overpaid and overrated!



Since: Jun 16, 2007
Posted on: August 20, 2011 10:01 pm
 

Report: Cardinals give Fitzgerald huge deal

The key is 50 million guarranteed. Probably never sees the last 70 million of this deal same as evertone else in these NFL deals. He is well worth 50 million guaranteed bucks. If Kolb is nothing, they let them boith walk in 5 years and move on. As for the retard who hopes he tears an achilles, you can tell everything you need to know about him by his screen name and the moronic comment. I hope you die in a car crash ,drunk on the way home tonite, just don't take anyone else with you, but you probably will being the loser you are.



Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: August 20, 2011 10:00 pm
 

Report: Cardinals give Fitzgerald huge deal

NS, Terrible comment, terrible name. (I won't even re-type your screen namet), low class. You should really be ashamed. Larry Fitzgerald is a class act, great player.



Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: August 20, 2011 9:54 pm
 

Watch for ticket price changes!!

  Unbelievable . . $50 million guaranteed . . and most likely he'll renogiatea after 5 or 6 . . for another $20 million or so.
  And who pays for this . . sure, TV, concessions (fans), sportswear (fans), parking (fans), tickets (fans) . . better to buy HD/3D, invite some friends, BBQ, few beers and hope nobody gets hurt.



Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: August 20, 2011 9:44 pm
 

Report: Cardinals give Fitzgerald huge deal

You don't ever wish an injury on somebody.  Not nice.  Beat the team with the player.  Bad character on this person.



Since: Feb 22, 2011
Posted on: August 20, 2011 9:39 pm
 

Report: Cardinals give Fitzgerald huge deal

WELL worth every penny. will be a top WR for all 8 years. 



Since: Aug 17, 2011
Posted on: August 20, 2011 9:39 pm
 

Report: Cardinals give Fitzgerald huge deal

Fitzgerald is a top 5 WR but only a fool would give that much money and guaranteed money to a WR, the same franchise that gave a lot of guaranteed $ to an unproven Kolb.  If Fitzgerald is getting this much how much is Andre Johnson going to want?  Calvin Johnson?  Dwayne Bowe?  Boldin?



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Since: Aug 18, 2011
Posted on: August 20, 2011 9:32 pm
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Since: Aug 8, 2010
Posted on: August 20, 2011 9:30 pm
 

Report: Cardinals give Fitzgerald huge deal

The unbelievable catch last night sealed the deal on his contract for sure. Best all around WR on and off the field in the NFL.



Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: August 20, 2011 9:29 pm
 

Report: Cardinals give Fitzgerald huge deal

I can't believe they paid an unproven quarterback that much money. What has Kolb done to warrant this money? It amazes me how a pro team can be that dumb. You want to pay someone? Go get Andy Reid. That guy knows how to draw up an offensive scheme. Whoever plays Arizona is going to key in on Fitzgerald and Kolb is going to end up getting his block knocked off looking for someone to throw to.

Arizona is going to be a joke this year.


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