Cardinals Realize Fitzgerald Will Need to Take a Pay Cut to Keep Him
The Arizona Cardinals, GM Steve Keim in particular, realize that Larry Fitzgerald will need to take another pay cut in all likelihood if he plans on remaining a Cardinal. Fans of the redbirds breathed a sigh of relief when Fitzgerald agreed to restructure his contract following this past season cutting his salary from $18 million to $9 million. With the hope that he and the team could come to terms on a new contract in the future.
This does prove that there is a shot at number 11 remaining in the desert for the remainder of his career. Like Keim said, the situation will have to be addressed next season. This at least proves that the Cardinals have acknowledged the situation and realize that it is an issue that needs to be addressed moving forward.
With the maturity, intangibles, and leadership that Larry Fitzgerald possesses it would come as no surprise if he does restructure his contract, hopefully before 2015 and remain a Cardinal for life. Steve Keim and the rest of Arizona’s management understand both sides of the predicament and Cardinals fans should credit the 2013 executive of the year for helping quickly turning this team around.
If the 30 year old and Arizona agree to restructure his contract to a lesser salary, then that would leave the Cardinals with more cap space and a better opportunity at a playoff run. Hopefully Steve Keim and the seven time Pro Bowler work this issue out. Seeing how Fitzgerald’s 2015 cap number skyrockets to $24.6 million, its surely time to address the issue sooner rather than later.