Analyzing the Fitz and Palmer deals

Posted by Darren Urban on August 6, 2016 – 12:57 pm

The news that both Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald received one-year extensions was certainly noteworthy, especially when it comes to Fitzgerald. Yes, Fitz could still decide to walk away after the season and retire. But I don’t think that’s likely now that he’s agreed to another year. No longer will he be a free agent, and I just don’t see him choosing to walk away. I could be wrong — and if the Cardinals were to win a Super Bowl, I’d guess the temptation would be there — but if Fitz comes anywhere close to posting similar numbers as last year while the team can win, I’d guess he fulfills the 2017 portion of his deal.

— As for Palmer, Bruce Arians was blunt: “I don’t think anything changes other than he’s got another year.” Palmer was going to be around.

— Kent Somers reported the move doesn’t have an impact on the salary cap. Which again would revert back to the roster certainty the Cards get out of these moves as a reason to do them.

— What it does do with both is create a roster certainty for next season, important on a team that still has a number of key free agents-to-be. Michael Floyd will be a free agent and figures to command big dollars. If the Cardinals lose him, at least they know they (probably) still have Fitz to anchor the receiving corps.

— Arians also said Palmer’s deal doesn’t impact the search for a QB of the future. “It depends on who the hell is out there,” Arians said. “Who is it? If he’s there, we’ll take it. If he’s not there, we don’t need him.”

— Big props to Mike Disner (pictured below with GM Steve Keim), the team’s director of football administration who is the main contract negotiator. It was a big week for him, getting the the Tyrann Mathieu extension done and then the Fitz and Palmer deals. Maybe he can get some down time now.


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6 Responses to “Analyzing the Fitz and Palmer deals”

  1. By TLT on Aug 6, 2016 | Reply

    Lets see Dis get that Jones deal done we saw tweets about, then a weekend off 😉 Lots of deals to do…dang this team is loaded. The 3 extensions this week turned a lot of heads in NFL… heard they were throwing up in Seattle) Cards are on a roll like never seen in these parts…

  2. By MostlyRight on Aug 6, 2016 | Reply

    Darren it looks like the new contracts don’t affect the cap this year. But I’m curious about future years. For Larry, my understanding was he had a $4.85 million “dead money” cap hit in each of 2017 and 2018 even thou not on the roster. Now cap tracking sites seem to show him as a $4.85 million cap hit in 2017 (but on the roster) and have crossed off the $4.85 million in 2018. This would be helpful for future contracts. Not sure on 2017/18 for Palmer, but one site shows Palmer at a large hit next year but a very reasonable (below $5 million if I remember) hit for 2018.

    Any clarifying info on 2017-18 impact?

  3. By Darren Urban on Aug 6, 2016 | Reply

    MostlyRight —

    RE: Cap impact

    Not at this time. I’ll try to ferret it out.

  4. By creditcard on Aug 6, 2016 | Reply

    Under the astute leadership of Michael Bidwill, the Cards are really becoming a leader in professional sports. They are doing aggressive player contracts, and innovative marketing keeping the fan base engaged.

    I’ve said this before, but whoever is involved with the small school scouting — that person deserves a raise. the small school talent the Cards are picking up in the later rounds of the draft is incredible. Last year: Gunter, Nelson, and D Johnson. this year: Christian, and Hubert. Cards are getting 1st and 2nd round talent in the later rounds — and on a consistent basis.

  5. By William Barry on Aug 7, 2016 | Reply

    Wow….while watching the NFL pre-induction ceremonies on the NFL Network, I missed the scroll on the bottom of the screen…Then to read Darren’s update on Fitz’s and Palmer’s contracts does wonders for our organization…..

    One of the most important elements in running a football club is to retain your key players, and have an experienced coaching staff to lead those players.

    Mike Disner, Steve Keim, BA, and our entire coaching staff now have all the pieces (the signing of Tyrann, Fitz, and Palmer) to lead us to a Super Bowl!!!!!!!

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