Larry Fitzgerald has agreed to a $120 million contract for eight years with the Arizona Cardinals that will make him the highest-paid non-quarterback of NFL, according to several reports.
The pact comprises around $50 million in guaranteed money, according to the report. The Cardinals did not reveal financial terms in announcing the contract, although general manager Rod Graves informed the reporters that the club was ready to make Fitzgerald the highest-paid player in team history.
Team president Michael Bidwill said at a news conference that, “We’re excited about what the future holds, not only for Larry and the Cardinals, but to see him retire as a Cardinal some day. Hopefully, not any time soon.”
Fitgerald, 27 years old, has become the face of the Cardinals since the team made him the No. 3 overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft. He has racked up 613 catches for 8,204 yards and 65 touchdowns in his seven-year career. He has also been chosen to the Pro Bowl for five times.
Since 2006, Fitzgerald has had not less than 90 receptions for four successive years, even though his 90 receptions for 1,137 yards, and six touchdowns last season were his lowest totals.
He expressed disappointment with the Arizona’s offense last year after quarterback Kurt Warner retired. To that end, the Cardinals traded for Philadelphia Eagles backup Kevin Kolb this offseason and right away signed him to a long-term contract.
Fitzgerald could have become a free agent after the season; the Republic noted that clauses in his last contract avoided the Cardinals from trading him or assigning him as their franchise player.
Fitzgerald said, “I’m not one to try to hold a hammer over anybody’s head. The (Cardinals’) activity in free agency this year is something I haven’t seen since I have been here, and I think that is just an example, a sign of things to come.”