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Fitzgerald: “Hopefully we can get something done”

Posted by Darren Urban on January 13, 2015 – 3:00 pm

Larry Fitzgerald said before the season he knew something had to be done with his $23.6 million salary cap number for 2015. The wide receiver didn’t talk about it specifically during the season — or right after the Cardinals were eliminated in the playoff loss at Carolina — but his mindset clearly hasn’t changed.

“This is the only place I have ever played,” Fitzgerald said during a Tuesday appearance on ESPN’s “NFL Live.” “I have enjoyed my time in Arizona. Working for the Bidwill family has been great, playing for the Cardinals. Hopefully we can get something done. The business part of football is not something I always enjoy, but it’s something we need to address.”

The question posed to Fitzgerald was whether he would be playing for the Cardinals this season, and obviously (and smartly) Fitzgerald didn’t answer it directly. He wouldn’t want to give up any leverage he has during contract talks. But there remains optimism around the team that there can be something worked out to keep the multi-time Pro Bowler around. Either way, with the Super Bowl descending on Arizona very soon, my guess is this isn’t the last time Fitzgerald speaks on the subject.

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37 Responses to “Fitzgerald: “Hopefully we can get something done””

  1. By budpeters44 on Jan 13, 2015 | Reply

    Larry would have been smart to take more Money and play for a Team that is commited to wining..Cards are not that team !!

  2. By tkm on Jan 13, 2015 | Reply

    that may have been true many years,been a cards fan since 1965 lived 10 minutes from st louis stadium,still have same house but live in ga now.since michael b has taken over things have changed.how many teams have had as good of years as last 2 we have had

  3. By Marlin on Jan 13, 2015 | Reply

    Budpeters44,

    Obviously you are a fan of another team…..fooling around on our blog. Quit wasting our time.

  4. By georgiebird on Jan 13, 2015 | Reply

    The Seahawks may self destruct in 2015- in the same way the 49ers did in 2014. So it’s always good for the Cards to stay positive and hope for a fabulous off- season. If the Seahawks stay hungry, the Cards’ margin of error is microscopic.
    Steve Keim has done some nice things in his first two years as GM. Keim has also done a few poor things with personnel (see PP contract).
    With a lot of questions about the QB in 2015, SK is now at a crossroads. Part of SK’s dilemma is that when one starts out with 10 & 11 win seasons, the bar has been set quite high. Chasing the best team in football adds to the problem.
    It’s time for Larry and the Cards to go their separate ways. To put an escape clause in Larry’s new contract so he can be traded in 2015 if the Cards start off poorly is like kicking the can down the road. Larry did his best in SBXLIII but that was 6 years ago.
    It’s time to do what we can to get a franchise QB in here ASAP.

  5. By theauger on Jan 13, 2015 | Reply

    Fitz makes $3-5 mil a year in local sponsorship deals that likely won’t be available at that amount of money anywhere else he signs. He a solid citizen & a great face for the Cardinals. I doubt he will be moving on to any other team when the contract situation is over.

  6. By kauaicardsfan on Jan 13, 2015 | Reply

    Aloha Darren,
    With TB possibly going to get a HC job, how closer are we to getting Dick Lebeau? Is he already in the bull pen just waiting for the green light or has he had other offers elsewhere?
    Hope it all works out ! Would love to keep Bowles but DL would be another great addition!

  7. By Darren Urban on Jan 13, 2015 | Reply

    Kauai —

    RE: LeBeau

    I don’t know how realistic that would be. We’ll see.

  8. By UK Cards Fan on Jan 13, 2015 | Reply

    does budpeters44 realize the cards were the best team in football before palmer got hurt?

  9. By The Gman on Jan 13, 2015 | Reply

    I disagree with Bud Peters! Who is with me???

  10. By Mike on Jan 13, 2015 | Reply

    Really, Bud? What would be committed to winning in your eyes? Bowles has proved to be one of the best asst coaches in the league and the Cardinals made him one of the highest paid. The team has 21 wins in the last two years. They gave Fitz a huge deal last time and did the same for Washington. They signed Palmer to an extension while having Stanton as one of the highest paid backup QBs.

    Bud, you need to remember that the market for the NFL has changed allowing the Cardinals to be competitive. Moreover, the team is run by Michael Bidwill, not Bill. Open your eyes and see this organization is not the same one when they would leave $10+ million in salary cap on the table.

  11. By cardsfan2334 on Jan 13, 2015 | Reply

    Budpeters you are either an idiot or a troll. Cards would be in the superbowl this year without all the injuries. Cards are committed to winning and it shows.

  12. By Mike on Jan 13, 2015 | Reply

    Really, Bud? What else can they do to prove they are committed to winning? Bowles is one of the highest paid assistants in the league. If he leaves it looks like LeBeau will be his replacement-HoFer and greatest defensive coordinator of all time (even if he stays LeBeau looks to be apart of the organization). They have massive deals to Fitz, Washington and Peterson. Palmer got a big paycheck and an extension while Stanton is one of the highest paid back up QBs. The team went after Veldheer and we finally have a great left tackle.

    You forget that Michael Bidwill runs the show now and not Bill. If you actually watched this team you wouldn’t have made such a blind statement. Commitent to winning? The need to restructure Fitz’s contract so they can get more key players and win a championship.

  13. By Scharf on Jan 13, 2015 | Reply

    You can always tell when someone hasn’t been watching football lately when they make an ignorant statement like that.

    Get the deal done Larry! Think of all the commercials you would have to redo, what a hassle right? lol Just wouldn’t be the same Cardinals without you Larry, we are finally winning!

  14. By Scharf on Jan 13, 2015 | Reply

    Georgiebird,

    The Cardinals have Carson Palmer right now – there is plenty of time to develop Logan Thomas or someone else that intrigues them during the next few drafts. The QB situation is fine – just had a nasty bad luck streak in staying healthy this year, it happens!

    As far as Keim, he has done an Excellent job! There are plenty of GMs around the league that can’t do half of what Keim is able to pull off. Signing a pro-bowl cornerback to a multi-year extension was not bad. He would have been making the same money elsewhere. With the microscope on defensive holding and PI, Peterson had to change his game. He is a physical specimen. He made a lot of mental mistakes this year – but he also had to try to recreate himself. The Peterson we saw from the first couple of years was able to do a lot more to a receiver, compared to the flag-football type of season we saw. The defense was doing good when Palmer under center, a QB that was able to move the chains, and score.

  15. By Devin on Jan 13, 2015 | Reply

    The Cardinals need to take their medicine and swallow the pill that is this Fitzgerald contract, either by trading, releasing, or just playing it out. You can’t just keep kicking the can down the road and creating larger and larger salary cap problems.

  16. By Andy Kw on Jan 13, 2015 | Reply

    Whatever happens happens. It’s always a wait and see thing.
    Now looking at the draft, if we can snag MLB Benardrick McKinney and get Daryl Washington back, our Defense will be even better. If Larry Foote wants to return, I’m all for it but only as a backup because of his age and Kevin Minter will probably be depth. If he wants to be depth, I think the Cards would like that. He shouldn’t be forced to start. Foote is literally the perfect mentor for Minter but Minter has yet to produce.

  17. By joe.holst on Jan 13, 2015 | Reply

    With Michael Floyd’s contract up next year they cannot dump a fortune on the WR position. 4 years 60 million,

  18. By Cody Zarr on Jan 13, 2015 | Reply

    Every time I see an article about Fitz potentially leaving I get heartburn. Darren, I don’t suppose you could force Mr. Bidwill and Mr. Keim to sit down and re-watch every circus catch Fitz has made in his career? That might help a little.

  19. By Perry Matherne on Jan 13, 2015 | Reply

    Hey micheal bidwell,if you think larry is washed up,you better think again

  20. By Scott H on Jan 13, 2015 | Reply

    Well, given the class act that Fitz is / has always been and how careful he is with his words, you could take what he is saying here as somewhat clichéd and pure classy player speak. That’s fair. But I think he really does mean what he says about what being here has meant to him. The Cardinals have treated him well, no doubt about that. And the Cardinals have certainly gotten a great return on their investment. It’s been a great relationship. I hope it continues. I have to believe that if Fitz really was NOT in the team’s plans for next year, they would have done the right thing by Fitz and let him / his agent know so they could start planning his next move. They would NOT string everyone along, saying all the right things, then pull the rug out, ya know? And Fitz ‘ comments DO convey a sincerity about wanting to be here. IMHO, he could say less than he has and still not be saying anything wrong. Did that make sense?

    I continue to be encouraged by what is coming from both sides. But we know anything can happen.

  21. By Richard S on Jan 13, 2015 | Reply

    A lot of people pretend to be fans, like Bud light, but when I talked to a man dressed up in Green Bay paraphernalia before Sunday’s game, he didn’t have any idea that Aaron Rogers was hurting, but he sure dressed like a die hard fan.

  22. By Steve on Jan 13, 2015 | Reply

    Todd Bowles hired by Jets.

  23. By LG on Jan 13, 2015 | Reply

    Dam I’m hurt Todd Bowles is leaving us. But at the same time I’m happy for him. I’m a cardinal fan for life but I will keep an eye on the jets too. BIRDGANG 4 LIFE!

  24. By superbowlcards on Jan 13, 2015 | Reply

    Well Todd Bowles took the one job that I think he should have avoided, say hello to the NY JETS NEW HEAD COACH, TODD BOWLES!!!

    Ithink BA has taught all his assistants on how to deal with the press and tell it like it is, NY is the toughest place to survive when it comes to sports media!!

    I think Cromartie will follow TB back to the Jets. I was hoping the Cardinals would resign Cromartie before TB got any interviews, Cro seemed to rave about TB, and he sure thrived in his system, ended up being our best DB hands down!! I just have this gut feeling Cro will be a Jet when free agency opens!!

  25. By clssylssy on Jan 13, 2015 | Reply

    Wow…Bowles going to the Jets and Cro too. ARG! I guess the Cards are beginning to fall, and we have yet to see who else goes with him in the way of staff and players since Keim has made it pretty apparent that everyone has a “market value” and is dispensable (wonder what he’ll want for Tyrann Mathieu) I can’t imagine anybody wanting to take on the Jets hot mess and would have thought Atlanta a better job for a defensive mind.
    Profootball talk has Fitz all but gone so what a complete buzz kill to end the season. Kinda detracts from what should be the festivities of the ProBowl and SuperBowl. The NFL is getting to be such a soap opera with so much drama that it’s nice to have a more chilled Phoenix Open to look forward to!

  26. By superbowlcards on Jan 13, 2015 | Reply

    Budpeter44
    You sir are a troll, no true Cardinal fan would say that anymore!!! At one time this was true, like TKM I have been a lifelong Cardinal fanatic, since 1966 to be precise, I lived about 45min from the St Louis Cardinals, and will give you the fact that when daddy was running the team then commitment was not at the top of the list, at times it wasn’t even on the list!! Since son Michael took over the day to day running it is like night and day, im not sure I could name an owner that is more committed than our beloved Cardinals new regime!!! I think budeters44 is a troll or seahawks fan just trying to stir up crap, but even the longest of Cardinal fans know that son Michael is the best thing that ever happened to the Cardinals!!

    Georgiebird
    At it again huh? In case you haven’t noticed we already have our franchise QB, his name is Carson Palmer!!! If it isnt broke dont fix it, and in the NFL there may be4-5 QB’s that are more valuable to their teams than Carson Palmer is to the Cardinals, and one of those that I included is questionable at best, Wilson up in Seattle is an awesome young QB and I would love to see him leave the NFC West, but with the talent the Seahawks have, I think any decent QB would be just fine up their, and would be considered a franchise QB, but right now he is surroundd by great players, if Stanton were in Seattle he would quickly become their franchise QB as well, Carson Palmer is hands down the Cardinals franchise QB, and MVP!!!
    Logan Thomas is the future franchise QB for the Cardinals, he still has two more seasons to learn from Palmer, once he steps in he will be the anchor for 8-10 years, and will lead us to many division titles, as well as deep playoff runs and a Lombardi trophy or two, or three, or four!!! Not to mention multiple pro bowl selections!!

  27. By Eazy E on Jan 14, 2015 | Reply

    I think Fitz will retire a Cardinal and play ONLY with us!

  28. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Jan 14, 2015 | Reply

    Lebeau the next man up consigliere a la Tom Moore.

  29. By jasonc on Jan 14, 2015 | Reply

    It astonishes me that there is still so much negativity and lack of hope for the future of this team. We’ve had an unprecedented two years of regular season success since this team has been in Arizona due to the leadership of Arians and Keim. They have shown the ability to field a competitive roster and win games in this league.

    JTDG-

    I know that you’ve been hypercritical of the drafts that Keim has put together and I’m not saying your evaluations aren’t correct with current production; I just feel like this upcoming season will be #3 for his first draft class and this offseason is when we can definitively judge the overall success of that draft. I think you’ll change your tune when Ellington and Mathieu are back at full strength, Cooper and Watford take the starting guard spots, Okafor builds on his successful season and Minter and Taylor have breakout years! Haha, I know this is EXTREMELY optimistic and for the most part unlikely, but I believe that this draft will make good this upcoming year. I would like to know who you have your eye on for this upcoming draft…I haven’t looked into anything regarding the offseason yet.

  30. By vegas4u2012. on Jan 14, 2015 | Reply

    Don’t u all worry about what Budgirl44 says…He’s clueless..a Cowgirl/Raiderettes fan,& upset that we beat both of their Asses this last season!!!

  31. By Andy Kw on Jan 14, 2015 | Reply

    Budpeter,
    Get out of here. We don’t need you or want you here troll

  32. By azdesertrat1953 on Jan 14, 2015 | Reply

    You don’t get out of your cell much, do ya Budpeters44?

    GO CARDS!!!

  33. By jeffgollin on Jan 14, 2015 | Reply

    If there was one Pro Bowl-caliber player who understands that there’s a point where the intangibles of life (i.e. friends, teammates, coaching staff, fans) outweigh money-issues, that would be Fitz.

  34. By desertpirate on Jan 14, 2015 | Reply

    Larry’s contract needs to be addressed in a way that will keep him a Cardinal. He’s not an unreasonable guy, he just wants to win like every other veteran late in their career.

    As to budpeters’ “troll” remarks, he’s probably a Seachickens fan so he just wants to see the Cards lose Fitz…..and probably to HIS team, so no need to pay ANY attention to that bonehead.

    Keim has made few if any mistakes as a GM. He’s probably in the top 5 in the league right now. The Cards commitment to winning is more than evident. Fitz realizes that our only problem was TWO injured QBs this year. With Palmer still healthy, we’re hosting the NFC Championship this weekend. You can bet on that.

    Our D-coordinator position is the biggest concern right now, but my guess is that Vic Fangio (49ers DC) is more that willing to make a lateral move after being passed over for a D-line coach as the 9ers new HC. We have personnel with similar skill sets to the 49ers on defense, so his system should fit quite well. Getting Dick LeBeau as a “Tom Moore” type guru for defense and Fangio as DC and we’d probably not miss Todd Bowles at all.

  35. By Scott H on Jan 14, 2015 | Reply

    Geez, why do we already have Cromartie out the door??? One disaster at a time, please!

    Seriously, ask yourself – Cro is not a kid anymore these days. The Cards are one of the top teams in the NFC, a legit SB contender with Palmer healthy and in the saddle. The Jets are a bad team with on-going QB problems and none of that will be solved quickly. That is going to take time to get right again. So, if you’re Cromartie and you are thinking about being where you can have post-season glory and a chance to hoist a Lombardi trophy….why do you leave a contender for the Jets?

    And, yes, I DO realize that as a veteran player, money will be a factor for Cro as well. And if the Jets want to put up a better offer, then….that might lure him away.

    But can we at least wait until any of this is even a possibility before we start looking for his replacement??? Damn, folks……

  36. By John The Draft Guy on Jan 15, 2015 | Reply

    jasonc,

    I hope you are right. I hope Bucannon is an all pro safety, Minter bouces back, Watford and Cooper solve the inside issues on the line. Okefor becomes a one man wrecking crew and John Brown become Marvin Harrison. Niklas becomes the next Gronk and Logan Thomas becomes our franchise.

    I really do !!

    But……..

  37. By Dr. G. on Jan 15, 2015 | Reply

    Fitz…? enough already… I don’t like being hostage to self-image.

    Bowles…win or lose, he stands to make 15 to 20 mil… in the arm pit of the NFL. Does anyone think the $$$ is not the deciding factor? Should have taken a 2nd look at Atlanta…big error. You were tricked into thinking Atlanta may not sign you, huh?

    saltpeter44 – – you have set the bar for thumbs down in meteoric fashion…!

    Cro – – will follow the $$$ as well. There is no “Hey, they gave me a chance when no one else would loyalty any longer.”

    QBs – – If you were going to start a new team, would Carson and Drew be your 1 & 2 choices knowing the knees they have? Draft a QB and groom Logan.

    jtdg – – I do not mind your negative reviews; you can’t fix what is not broken…though sometimes we disagree.

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