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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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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 6:25 am
 

Report: Fitzgerald's contract forbids tagging



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Since: Jul 11, 2008
Posted on: August 17, 2011 6:32 pm
 

Report: Fitzgerald's contract forbids tagging

You're right, but everyone keeps reporting as if it just came up and changes the situation in some way.



Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: August 16, 2011 7:55 pm
 

Report: Fitzgerald's contract forbids tagging

How many teams do the Cardinals have to leap over to have any kind of legit shot at a title? I know Dilfer won a Super Bowl, but does any team today feel they could win one without a top-10 QB? If you want to go on a strong run in the playoffs, you'd better have a top QB in the huddle. I jusy don;t see Kolb as being that guy, nor do I see the Cardinals with the kind of defense that can win one like the Raven or the Buccaneers have with mediocre QBs.

Larry, get out while you are still an elite player.



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: August 16, 2011 6:51 pm
 

Report: Fitzgerald's contract forbids tagging

They better sign him before the season starts because once he witnesses more of the same thing he wont want to sign. I don't ubnderstand why Kolb is seeing so much love when he hasn't proved anything yet. Is Read this good at creating hype? 



Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: August 16, 2011 5:53 pm
 

Report: Fitzgerald's contract forbids tagging

When it's all said and done with, "Fitz" will be the highest paid and the most famous player to have ever put on a Cardinal uniform. The organization seems to be doing everything they can to ensure "Fitz" that they're commited to puting on the field a "championship-calibur team". Money mouth



Since: Aug 16, 2011
Posted on: August 16, 2011 5:34 pm
 

Report: Fitzgerald's contract forbids tagging

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