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Larry Fitzgerald | Wide Receiver

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (30) / 8/31/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 218
College: Pittsburgh
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The Arizona Republic believes 2014 could be Larry Fitzgerald's final season with the Cardinals.
Fitz, who turns 31 at the end of next month, carries a cap number of $23.6 million next season, which would take up 20 percent of Arizona's salary cap. "We've worked hard to keep him a Cardinal," owner Michael Bidwill stated Friday. "We're going to keep him a Cardinal." The Cards would need Fitzgerald to accept a major restructuring, or beat writer Kent Somers believes he would have to be cut or traded. Fitz doesn't have a 1,000-yard season since 2011. Jul 27 - 2:05 PM

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Coach Bruce Arians wants Larry Fitzgerald to play inside more as he gets older.

Much like Reggie Wayne, Fitz was a strict outside receiver until he met Arians, a master of moving his veteran receivers all over the formation to squeeze out better matchups. "Guys lose a step at age 30," Arians explained. "It's just natural. As hard as they train and everything, at 30 it's just a different ballgame. They accept it, they want to become better players, they say help me become a better player than when I was 26. This is how you do it." Fitz will turn 31 in August and is entering the equivalent of a contract year. He's a good bet to improve on last year's 954 yards.
Feb 24 - 8:15 AM

ESPN Cardinals blogger Josh Weinfuss now sees 2014 as "the equivalent of a contract year" for Larry Fitzgerald.

The restructure merely buys the Cardinals time. Fitzgerald now carries a $23.6 million cap number in 2015, as well as $16 million in salary. If Fitz fails to reach 1,000 yards for the third straight season and Michael Floyd continues to come on as a potential No. 1 wideout, the Cards may be forced to move on. If Fitzgerald rediscovers his Hall of Fame form, Weinfuss thinks Arizona will "find a way" to swallow the cap charge.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 5 - 8:36 AM

NFL.com's Albert Breer reports Larry Fitzgerald's contract restructure converted $11.75 million of his $12.75 million base salary into a bonus, creating $9.4 million of cap space.

That means Fitzgerald will technically make only $1 million in 2014, but gets $11.75 million right now. The $11.75 million the Cardinals "saved" will be spread out in $2.35 million installments over the next five seasons. The move saves Arizona a ton of cash up front, but sends Fitz's 2015 cap number to an untenable $23.6 million. The Cardinals are going to have an extremely hard decision to make a year from now.
Feb 4 - 7:40 PM

According to "two NFL sources," Larry Fitzgerald has agreed only to a "simple restructuring," and not a pay cut.

According to reporter Kent Somers, the Cardinals are converting the vast majority of Fitzgerald's $12.75 million salary into a bonus that can be prorated over the final five years of his contract. It's unclear if his salary has dropped all the way to the minimum $955,000. Either way, it's a huge win for the 30-year-old receiver, who isn't losing a dime of salary. Per Somers, the maneuver created "around $10 million" of cap space. It frees up a ton of cash for a team that had less than $2 million to spend, but is also simply pushing the momentous bill further down the road. Fitz's cap number will likely be north of $23 million in 2015.
Feb 4 - 6:32 PM

Larry Fitzgerald has agreed to a restructured contract.

Fitzgerald tweeted that he signed a restructured deal on Tuesday morning. Beyond that, details are scarce. What we do know is that the new deal will reduce Fitz's $18 million cap number, and ensure that he remains a Cardinal through at least 2014. What's unclear is if Fitz has agreed to a simple restructure, or an actual pay cut. There had been reports that Fitz was not open to the latter. A restructure would simply push the bill down the road in the form of a prorated bonus. According to AzCardinals.com, the team entered the offseason with less than $2 million in cap space.
Feb 4 - 5:02 PM

Speaking Thursday, Cardinals president Michael Bidwill hinted Larry Fitzgerald has told the team he's willing to restructure his contract.

"We're excited he's going to work with us to help improve the team," Bidwill said. It's unclear if Bidwill is referring to talks that have already happened, or Fitz's Thursday comments that he's open to a restructure. "I understand at 30 years old there are things that need to change," Fitz said. "That’s part of football, that’s part of being an older veteran. ... I want to see this team do well." Although Fitz is open to a restructure — from which he would have little to lose — it's unclear if he's open to an actual pay cut.
Jan 30 - 5:36 PM

Larry Fitzgerald says he's "absolutely" willing to restructure his contract.

"If that's what needs to be done, that's what needs to be done," Fitzgerald said in a Thursday radio interview. It is what needs to be done, as Fitz is set to count an untenable $18 million against the cap in 2014. That includes a $12.75 million salary. The Arizona Republic reported earlier this month that Fitz is not open to a straight pay-cut. If that's the case, the sides might not get far in restructure talks. A restructure, as opposed to a cut, would just push the bill down the line for Arizona.
Jan 30 - 1:31 PM

The Boston Herald reports the Patriots and Cardinals "never" engaged in trade negotiations about Larry Fitzgerald.

On Tuesday, CSN New England cited an "individual" whom they believed "without reservation" that the Patriots were interested in acquiring Fitzgerald last offseason. The Herald isn't denying that. But beat writer Jeff Howe reports any potential interest remained in-house, and no negotiations ever took place. Fitzgerald carries an $18 million cap number for 2014, so his name is going to be tossed around some this spring. We don't expect the Cardinals to deal him.
Jan 29 - 6:14 PM

According to an "individual" CSN New England's Tom Curran believes "without reservation," the Patriots were interested in acquiring Larry Fitzgerald last offseason.

Curran is being extremely careful with his phrasing, but it's notable nonetheless. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported in October that moving Fitzgerald would be "in play" for the Cardinals this offseason. It's hard to imagine a better fit than the Patriots, who have a desperate need at receiver. Any potential move is greatly complicated by Fitzgerald's gargantuan $18 million salary-cap number, however. His play has also been on a slow, but steady nonetheless, downward slope. Few teams are more willing to make bold moves than Bill Belichick's Patriots, but acquiring Fitz wouldn't be easy.
Jan 28 - 4:16 PM

According to the Arizona Republic, Larry Fitzgerald is not open to a pay cut.

Fitzgerald is owed $12.7 million in 2014 and is set to count $18 million against the salary cap. The Cardinals are expected to engage their future Hall of Famer in restructuring negotiations shortly, but things could get hairy if Fitzgerald takes a hard line. We'll have to see if the Cardinals feel converting salary into a bonus paid over the next few years will be enough. Earlier this year, there were whispers that the Cardinals could try to trade Fitzgerald during the offseason.
Jan 1 - 12:45 PM

Larry Fitzgerald caught six passes for 113 yards in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the 49ers.

Although Carson Palmer threw for 4,274 yards on the year, this is only Fitzgerald's second 100-yard game of the season. He was more of a possession receiver in his age-30 season, posting just 11.6 yards per catch but getting 10 touchdowns. All in all, his 82-954-10 line is not the bounce-back many expected with Bruce Arians coming to town. Now owed a cumbersome $12.7 million in 2014 and $16 million in 2015, Fitz may be asked to take a pay cut. Even rumors of a potential trade have been floated.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 09:13:00 PM

Larry Fitzgerald caught three passes for 18 yards in Sunday's Week 16 win at Seattle.

Fitzgerald's Week 15 concussion wasn't an issue, but the Seahawks defense was. They held him to a 2/17/0 line in their first meeting and completely shut him down again. It was the first time since Week 10 he's been held under five grabs and it's the first time all year he's been under 20 yards. Fitzgerald figures to bounce back against the Niners in Week 17 -- a team he lit up for a 6/117/1 line in their first meeting.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 07:49:00 PM

Larry Fitzgerald (concussion) and Carson Palmer (ankle) are both active for Sunday's game at Seattle.

Fitzgerald moved through the concussion protocols quickly following his Week 15 concussion. He's ready to play a full complement of snaps, but is facing an impossible matchup at Seattle. When these two teams squared off in mid-October, Fitz had just two catches for 17 yards and Palmer was 30-of-45 for 258 yards with one TD and two INTs. Michael Floyd (ankle) and Rob Housler (groin) are both active as well. The Cardinals' inactives: S Rashad Johnson, RB Ryan Williams, LB Dontay Moch, T Nate Potter, G Earl Watford, TE Kory Sperry and DE Ronald Talley.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 02:33:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Larry Fitzgerald (concussion) is expected to play Sunday against the Seahawks.

Fitzgerald was concussed late in last Sunday's game against the Titans but progressed quickly through the league's protocol and got in two practices this week. Being that the Cardinals and Seahawks kick off at 4:05 PM ET this afternoon, we need to stay on top of this item. Fitzgerald will be a WR3 if active.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 09:28:00 AM