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Larry Fitzgerald | Wide Receiver

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 8/31/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 218
College: Pittsburgh
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Larry Fitzgerald has dropped just two passes over his last two seasons.
That's out of 236 targets. Fitzgerald's burst isn't what it used to be, but when the ball is near him, he almost always makes the play. Fitz played his best football with Carson Palmer under center last year, reeling in 32 catches for 483 yards in Palmer's six games. If Palmer stays healthy -- a huge if coming off ACL and meniscus tears -- Fitz could return WR2 stats in 2015. Jul 10 - 11:15 AM

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Larry Fitzgerald had the best statistics of Cardinals wide receivers in the six games Carson Palmer started last season.

Fitzgerald's 16-game pace stats in Palmer's six starts were 109.3 targets, 85.3 catches, 1,288 yards, and 5.3 touchdowns. Fitz has not hit 1,000 yards since the 2011 season and will soon turn 32, but he is the favorite to lead Arizona in targets this season. For a full rundown on Arizona's wide receiver corps -- as well as Andre Ellington, David Johnson, and Palmer -- read Evan Silva's 2015 Cardinals Fantasy Preview at the link below.
Jun 15 - 8:28 AM

Larry Fitzgerald said it's "not possible" for him to put up big statistics in the Cardinals' scheme.

"And it’s only that reason, because of the role that I play. It’s a different role," Fitzgerald said. "I just don’t have the opportunities down the field. I’m more inside, I move the chains a lot more." We'd have an easier time buying this if Hines Ward and Reggie Wayne didn't fill up the box score while playing the same blocking/possession receiver role in Bruce Arians' scheme. Even with Carson Palmer (knee) returning, Fitzgerald is a very shaky fantasy bet. He hasn't gone over 1,000 yards since 2011.
Apr 23 - 7:58 AM

Coach Bruce Arians said Larry Fitzgerald struggled on option routes last season.

Fitzgerald, playing as an inside possession receiver at age 31, finished with just 63 catches for 784 yards and a career-worst two TDs. Poor quarterback play and nagging knee woes were known culprits, but it's a bit surprising that such a savvy veteran didn't fully grasp the scheme. "Larry struggled early when we gave him two or three-way options," said Arians. "He plays faster when he has one option. You have to play almost as fast with two options." Arians went on to say Fitz has made great progress and expects a bounceback with a healthy Carson Palmer.
Apr 2 - 8:42 AM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the Browns tried to trade for Larry Fitzgerald before his contract was reworked last month.

We assume the Browns would have insisted on a contract restructure, as Fitz was originally scheduled to make $16.25 million in 2015. Even then, the move would have been a head-scratcher for a team that has no quarterback and needs to conserve draft picks. The Browns are proving as rudderless as ever under screwball owner Jimmy Haslam.
Mar 16 - 12:39 PM

Larry Fitzgerald's new two-year, $22 million contract with the Cardinals contains a no-trade clause.

As all of Fitzgerald's 2015-2016 pay is guaranteed and he can prevent any would-be trades, Fitz is locked in as a Cardinal through his age-33 season (2016). Fitzgerald received a $10 million signing bonus and will get base salaries of $1 million in 2015 and $11 million in 2016. There are $16 million salaries in 2017 and 2018, but they void after the 2016-2017 Super Bowl.
Feb 20 - 10:44 AM

Cardinals signed WR Larry Fitzgerald to a new two-year, $22 million contract through 2016.

Fitzgerald was originally set to count a whopping $23.6 million against the 2015 cap. The new deal clears about $13 million. In exchange, Fitzgerald is guaranteed $11 million per year over the next two seasons and locked in with Arizona through his age-33 campaign. Prior to the new contract, the Cardinals were projected about $12 million over the cap. They now need to figure out what to do with LE Darnell Dockett's $9.8 million cap hit.
Feb 18 - 11:13 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Cardinals and Larry Fitzgerald are "closing in on" a new multi-year contract.

It will reportedly allow Fitzgerald to finish his career in the desert, but more importantly knock his massive $23.6 million cap hit down considerably. Getting Fitzgerald figured out was Arizona's top priority of the offseason and it needed to be done before the start of the new league year on March 10. Fitzgerald will turn 32 before next season and is coming off one of his worst statistical years. Michael Floyd is the No. 1 receiver in this spread-the-wealth passing offense.
Feb 18 - 9:11 AM

Cardinals president Michael Bidwell says restructuring Larry Fitzgerald's contract is the team's top priority, but acknowledged "it takes two to come to an agreement."

Fitzgerald will go down as the greatest receiver in Cardinals history, but right now his contract is holding the team back. A straight pay cut probably wouldn't appeal to Fitzgerald (he's scheduled to earn $16 million in 2015), but restructuring his deal could give Arizona enough cap room to sign a top flight free agent. Fitzgerald is coming off one of his worst statistical seasons, recording just 784 yards in 14 games. Of course, Arizona's revolving door at quarterback is at least partially to blame.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 12 - 9:15 AM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians "desperately" wants Larry Fitzgerald to stay in Arizona.

"We definitely, desperately want him to stay," Arians said. "He knows that. It’s really his decision." With a massive $23.6 million cap figure for 2015, Fitzgerald's decision will be whether to take a pay cut to stay in Arizona or force the Cardinals to cut him before his $8 million roster bonus comes due in March. There is some growing optimism the two sides will work out a deal, but it remains a distinct possibility Fitzgerald will not be a Cardinal next season.
Jan 31 - 10:51 AM

Cardinals president Michael Bidwill believes Larry Fitzgerald will be back with the team in 2015.

"I’m sure we’ll get it worked out," Bidwill said. "We’ve had a couple of conversations that I think were productive so we’ll continue those discussions." There is almost zero chance Arizona keeps Fitzgerald at his current $23.6 million cap hit, so those productive conversations likely centered around a pay cut for the 31-year-old wideout. After appearing resolutely opposed to a pay cut during the season, Fitzgerald has softened his stance in recent weeks. If a deal is to be done, it will have to be before Fitz's $8 million roster bonus comes due in March.
Source: ESPN
Jan 17 - 10:23 AM

Larry Fitzgerald acknowledged Tuesday that his contract needs to be addressed.

Appearing on ESPN's NFL Live, Fitz was somewhat evasive when asked if he expected to remain with the Cardinals for 2015, but hinted at a willingness to redo his deal. Everyone and their mother knows that Fitz's $16.25 million salary and $23.6 million cap number for 2015 are untenable. FOX Sports Arizona recently reported there's been "positive movement" in talks, but it's possible the sides won't get serious until shortly before Fitz's $8 million roster bonus comes due in March.
Jan 13 - 5:33 PM

FOX Sports Arizona reports there has been "positive movement in both parties" regarding Larry Fitzgerald's future in Arizona.

There's a zero percent chance the Cardinals bring Fitz back at his current $16.25 million salary and $23.6 million cap number, and he appears to recognize the reality of the situation. The question is how much of a pay cut he is willing to take. An alpha No. 1 receiver for 11 seasons, Fitz could balk at potentially having to cut his salary in half, if not more. The sides have two months to figure things out, as Fitz is due an $8 million roster bonus in March.
Jan 6 - 6:43 PM

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss thinks the Patriots could have some interest in Larry Fitzgerald if he's released by the Cardinals.

The Fitzgerald-Patriots connection isn't a new one. Due an exorbitant $16.25 million salary in 2015, Fitzgerald is likely going to be asked to take a pay cut by Arizona. If he declines, he'll likely be let go. 32 next summer, Fitzgerald will be chasing a ring. New England is expected to release No. 3 receiver Danny Amendola, but would be better off adding a downfield threat to go along with Julian Edelman and Brandon LaFell. Fitzgerald isn't Randy Moss.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jan 4 - 9:31 AM

Larry Fitzgerald caught three passes for 31 yards in the Cardinals' Wild Card loss to the Panthers.

He was targeted a team-high seven times, while his 31 yards led the Cardinals on a day they managed just 77 yards of total offense. As has been the case all season, Fitzgerald manned the slot for Arizona. Ryan Lindley missed him on a would-be 15-yard touchdown on a skinny post in the first half, and Fitzgerald was also the target in the end zone on Lindley's fourth-quarter interception. Coming off a 63-784-2 season and slated to count an astronomical $23.6 million against the cap in 2015, Fitzgerald may have played his last game as a Cardinal. He'll be 32 when next season starts and is merely a chain-moving receiver at this stage of his career.
Jan 3 - 8:09 PM

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Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Carson Palmer
2Drew Stanton
3Logan Thomas
4Chandler Harnish
5Phillip Sims
RB1Andre Ellington
2David Johnson
3Kerwynn Williams
4Stepfan Taylor
5Marion Grice
GLB1Andre Ellington
2David Johnson
3RB1Andre Ellington
2David Johnson
FB1Robert Hughes
WR11Larry Fitzgerald
2John Brown
3J.J. Nelson
4Ryan Spadola
WR21Michael Floyd
2Jaron Brown
3Brittan Golden
4Jaxon Shipley
5Trevor Harman
WR31John Brown
TE1Jermaine Gresham
2Darren Fells
3Troy Niklas
4Gerald Christian
5Ifeanyi Momah
K1Chandler Catanzaro