UPDATE: General manager Rod Graves confirmed the Cards have begun preliminary conversations on a Fitz deal.
I know there has been a lot of concern about whether the Cardinals will keep wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald long-term. Well, ESPN reported this morning there already have been preliminary contract talks between Fitz and the team for a contract extension.
Recently, Graves said the Cards were still hoping to get a couple deals done before the potential lockout. He didn’t say who with, but given Fitzgerald’s situation, it makes sense he’d be one. Fitz is scheduled to be a free agent after the 2011 season, and since he cannot be franchised or traded without his OK, he has all the leverage and the closer he gets to free agency, the more likely he’d be to test the waters. And if the Cards don’t extend him before the lockout, they have to wait until after the lockout — and no one is sure when that will be.
I am always leery when I hear of “preliminary” discussions, of course. It could be as little as “Hey Fitz, you know we want you back, right?” and Fitz saying, “Sure.” It also usually means nothing is close to being done (and may not be until Fitz has a better understanding what the team’s quarterback situation will be). But the Cards have never been anything but sure they wanted to keep him long-term, and I have always thought his remaining in Arizona was the most likely outcome.
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