Posted by Will Brinson
Larry Fitzgerald had an, um, interesting year. Consistently one of the top receivers in the NFL, Fitzgerald still finished with 90 catches and 1,137 yards, but finished with less than 10 touchdowns for the first time since 2006.
He appeared consistently frustrated by the fact that the poo-poo platter of Max Hall, Derek Anderson and John Skelton didn't make his job any easier. Despite that frustration, Chris Mortensen reports that the Cardinals and Fitzgerald have begun preliminary discussions on a contract extension for the all-world wide receiver.
Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic adds that two sources confirm the negotiations and also makes the salient point that under Fitz' current contract he can neither be traded nor franchised.
At the moment, Fitzgerald's got one year left on his four-year, $40 million deal that was signed in 2008. Arizona obviously doesn't want him playing anywhere else and there's a good chance you'll see a large amount of money exchange hands when Fitzgerald signs a new contract.
However, the frustration with his quarterback situation could play into the contract negotiations as well. It seems unlikely that Fitzy would sign a long-term deal unless there's some sort of guarantee and/or good-faith measure that the team will get a talented quarterback for the long-term future.
Anderson's as good as gone. And the Skelton/Hall combo showed a lot of potential, but there's no certainty that they can help the Cardinals compete immediately in the way a veteran (like, say, Donovan McNabb?) would.
Obviously Fitzgerald is going to make sure he gets paid, but don't be surprised to see him make sure he's got accurate footballs headed his way too.
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