It’s been pretty clear for awhile now that Larry Fitzgerald is good dude. He’s a class act and therefore he’s a great ‘face’ for the Arizona Cardinals. Fitzgerald was back to his old self in 2013, as he racked up nearly 1,000 yards receiving and found the end zone on 10 occasions. His play along with new quarterback Carson Palmer helped to elevate the Cardinals back to relevancy. Arizona won 10 games and just missed out on the playoffs.
So what’s next for the Cardinals in 2014?
It appears that the first order of business has already been taken care of. Check out this tweet from Fitzgerald’s official account:
— Larry Fitzgerald (@LarryFitzgerald) February 4, 2014
Before this restructure, the Cardinals were projected to only have about $2 million in cap space for 2014. Although exact details of Fitzgerald’s new contract are unknown at this moment, it’s expected that the restructure will save the team an additional $6-8 million this season. When you’re trying to build a legitimate contender, that’s a really good chunk of change.
All of this goes to show just how much of a ‘team guy’ Fitzgerald really is. He didn’t have to take a pay cut and many players in his position wouldn’t have even considered it. But it’s clear that he just wants to win.
If Fitzgerald doesn’t win in the desert over the next couple of seasons, then you have to wonder if he’ll consider moving on. For now, hope is very high in Arizona following this news.