The Arizona Cardinals just ensured the future of their passing offense by keeping one of their key payers and the one thing that they could not do without. Recently, the Cardinals just made an announcement that they already signed Fitzgerald to an 8-year deal which is equivalent to $120 million, and with an almost $50 million guaranteed. This deal also means that Fitzgerald has to remain in the team until the 2018 season. And with this deal Fitzgerald just became the highest paid player in the NFL history, and he is not even a quarterback. According to John Clayton of ESPN.com, at present only Peyton and Eli Manning, Tom Brady and Philip Rivers have a higher average income than Fitzgerald.
Fitzgerald was picked third overall by Arizona seven years ago. And since then he has made 613 catches for 8204 yards, a 13.4 per-catch average, and also 65 touchdowns.
When Fitzgerald was interviewed earlier this year, he told the reporters that he was very uncertain about his future, but even there were some serious and sensitive topics during the discussion he was still very calm and kept his classy demeanor.
Fitzgerald said that Coach Whisenhunt and all his staff have a very good grasp of all the things that would make the team win. He also said that he really like playing for them, and for Arizona. He also announced that he hopes to end his career with the Cardinals and play for them all throughout.
He was supposed to be a free agent after the 2011 season, and there was eve a provision stated in his present contract preventing the Cardinals from franchising him in 2012.
The Cardinals also traded a second-round pick and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to the Philadelphia Eagles for quarterback Kevin Kolb. Kolb is expected to bring back the golden years of the Cardinals which Kurt Warner did a few years back. Although, people know Kolb is not as good as Warner, but he has Warner’s primary weapon at his disposal.
For people who need proof as to the excellence of Fitzgerald then one of the examples was when he caught 90 passes for 1137 yards and six touchdowns with a quarterback rotation of John Skelton, Derek Anderson, and Max Hall, in 2010.
With the signing of Fitzgerald, the Cardinals still has some remaining offensive questions. The team still lacks true complementary receivers to remove the pressure off from Fitzgerald, so the offensive line remains a work in progress.