Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald’s salary is due to increase from $5 million in 2013 to $12.75 million in 2014, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.
The salary cap for each team is expected to increase only 2-3 percent, to around $126 million. Based on his current deal, Fitzgerald would account for about 14.3 percent of that figure.
The Cardinals haven’t approached Fitzgerald’s agent, Eugene Parker, about restructuring the contract, but they will. Negotiations will be interesting because Fitzgerald isn’t going to take a pay cut.
He will be open to a restructuring that might include converting salary into a bonus that can be prorated over the next few years.
Something has to give, because if Fitzgerald’s cap number doesn’t decrease, the Cardinals will be handicapped when it comes to extending other deals and signing free agents.