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Height/Weight: 6-3/218 | Birthdate: 8/31/1983 | Birthplace: Minneapolis, MN, USA | Team: Arizona | College: Pittsburgh | NFL Experience: 12 | Owned/Started%: 100/100 | Average Draft Position: 120.53
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Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald's deal contains no-trade clause


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2015) Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald won't have to worry about his team shipping off anywhere under his new contract.

Fitzgerald's new deal includes a no-trade clause, preventing the Cardinals from using Fitzgerald in any trade talks, according to CBSSports.com's Joel Corry.

Fitzgerald's base salary in 2015 will be $1 million as he'll receive a $10 million second-day of 2015 bonus. This will be prorated on his cap number like a signing bonus and spread out across the four years he agreed to. Fitzgerald's base salary in 2016 will be $11 million.

The new deal reduces Fitzgerald's cap number in 2015 from $23.6 million to $10.85 million.

Fitzgerald's contract is fully guaranteed.


Cardinals, Larry Fitzgerald come to terms on multiyear deal


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2015) The Cardinals and Larry Fitzgerald have come to terms on essentially" a two-year deal, general manager Steve Keim said during Arizona's combine press conference on Tuesday. In order to take care of proration from his previous contract, the Cardinals officially locked him up to a four-year contract that voids after two seasons.

Fitzgerald's new deal is expected to create nearly $13 million in cap space for Arizona in 2015, with the hopes of keeping the star wide receiver with the team that drafted him the rest of his career. He's expected to make $11 million over the next two seasons. He'll be 34 when the guarantees of his new contract are played out.

Fitzgerald has already played 11 seasons for the Cardinals, logging 12,151 yards and 89 touchdowns. Fitzgerald caught 63 passes for 784 yards last season, his lowest production since his rookie year, with a career-low two touchdowns. He has not reached 1,000 yards receiving in the past three seasons.

>> WATCH: GM Keim discusses Fitz's deal


Report: Cardinals, Larry Fitzgerald closing in on multiyear deal


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2015) The Cardinals and Larry Fitzgerald are closing in on a multiyear contract that will solve star wide receiver's cap situation and enable him to finish his career in Arizona, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Before negotiations, Fitzgerald's current contract had a $23 million salary cap in 2015, and he was due $60.5 million over the next four years. At this point, no details of the proposed contract have been made public.

Fitzgerald, who will turn 32 in August, has already played 11 seasons for the Cardinals, logging 12,151 yards and 89 touchdowns. Fitzgerald caught 63 passes for 784 yards last season, his lowest production since his rookie year, with a career-low two touchdowns. He has not reached 1,000 yards receiving in the past three seasons.


Cardinals contract talks with Larry Fitzgerald continuing


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/13/2015) Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said that contract negotiations with longtime receiver Larry Fitzgerald have been ongoing for some time, according to the team's official website.

The Cardinals are looking to reduce Fitzgerald's $23.6 million cap number for the 2015 season. The organization as a whole is $16 million over the cap at this time.

Keim said he should be meeting with Fitzgerald's agent Eugene Parker at the NFL combine.

“The communication has been constant and hopefully we have a resolution both sides can be happy with,” Keim said.


Cardinals, Larry Fitzgerald begin contract talks


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/12/2015) The Cardinals have begun contract negotiations with the agent for WR Larry Fitzgerald, according to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport

Fitzgerald current contract will have a $23 million salary cap hit next season. He's due $60.5 million over the next four years. 

Releasing Fitzgerald would give the Cardinals $9.2 million in cap space, giving them the flexibility to be active in the free agent market. 

Renegotiating Fitzgerald's contract would give the team some cap flexibility, while allowing Fitzgerald to finish his career with the team. He's played for the Cardinals all 11 years in the NFL. 

Fitzgerald is due an $8 million roster bonus on March 14. 


Cards prez on Fitzgerald: 'It takes two to come to an agreement'


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(2/12/2015) Cardinals president Michael Bidwill told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM that his first order of business is restructuring Larry Fitzgerald's contract, but suggested the team's all-time leading receiver needs to be more flexible.

"I think, immediately, we've got to address Larry Fitzgerald's contract," Bidwill said via ESPN.com. "We've talked about that. We've been working hard on trying to make sure that he's got a contract that compensates him appropriately. ... But it takes two to come to an agreement. So I think that's the first order of business."

Fitzgerald, who's spent his entire 11-year career with the Cardinals, is scheduled to make $16 million in 2015, $15 million in 2016 and $14.75 million each of the following two seasons. The 31-year-old caught 63 passes for 784 yards last season, his lowest production since his rookie year, with a career-low two touchdowns.

Bidwill said the team needs to free up cap space to land a big-time free agent.

"Free agency is going to be big for us," Bidwill said. "We've got to get the contract restructured with Fitz, because look at what we did last year in free agency -- with one significant signing, took care of that left tackle with Jared Veldheer, who did a tremendous job. That's the kind of impact we want to have this year in free agency."


Packers' Aaron Rodgers named NFL MVP at NFL Honors


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/31/2015) Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was named the 2015 NFL MVP at the NFL Honors awards show, held Saturday at the Phoenix Symphony Hall in Phoenix, Ariz.

Rodgers played all 16 regular-season games in 2014 for just the second time in the last five seasons, completing 65.6 percent of his passes while racking up 4,381 passing yards, 38 passing touchdowns and five interceptions. He also added two more touchdowns on the ground while gaining 269 rushing yards on 43 carries.

Several other awards were handed out at the ceremony Saturday, as follows.

AP Offensive Player of the Year: DeMarco Murray, Cowboys

AP Defensive Player of the Year: J.J. Watt, Texans

AP Offensive Rookie of the Year: Odell Beckham, Giants

AP Defensive Rookie of the Year: Aaron Donald, Rams

AP Comeback Player of the Year: Rob Gronkowski, Patriots

AP Coach of the Year: Bruce Arians, Cardinals

AP Assistant Coach of the Year: Todd Bowles, Cardinals

Walter Payton Man of Year: Thomas Davis, Panthers

Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award: Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals

Salute to Service Award: Jared Allen, Bears

NFL.com Fantasy Player of the Year: Le'Veon Bell, Steelers

FedEx Air Player of the Year: Aaron Rodgers, Packers

FedEx Ground Player of the Year: Le'Veon Bell, Steelers

Deacon Jones Award: Justin Houston, Chiefs

Greatness on the Road Award: Tony Romo, Cowboys

Bridgestone Performance Play of the Year: Odell Beckham one-handed catch

Don Shula High School Coach of the Year: Bruce Larson, Somerset (Wisconsin) High School

In addition, eight finalists were voted into the Hall of Fame: running back Jerome Bettis, wide receiver Tim Brown, defensive end/linebacker Charles Haley, linebacker Junior Seau, guard Will Shields, center Mick Tingelhoff and executives Bill Polian and Ron Wolf.


Cardinals coach Bruce Arians: 'It's really (Fitzgerald's) decision'


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/31/2015) Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told reporters Friday he really wants to see wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald back in Arizona next season.

"I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t," Arians said. "We definitely, desperately want him to stay. He knows that. It’s really his decision."

Fitzgerald has a salary cap hit of $23.6 million for 2015 and the team will work to get that number down in the offseason. Team president Michael Bidwill said this week contract talks won't start fully until after the Super Bowl.

"I’m hoping and praying every day that it does happen," Arians said. "I’ve expressed to him personally how much it means to us."

Fitzgerald has not reached 1,000 yards receiving in the past three seasons and totaled 784 in 2014 on 63 catches with two touchdowns.


Cards' Bidwill 'feeling confident' new deal for Fitzgerald will happen


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2015) Cardinals president Michael Bidwill said last week he believed contract talks with the agent for wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald were going well, and he delivered another positive message Thursday when providing an update on the contract negotiations. Fitzgerald's contract for 2015 has a salary cap number of $23.6 million.

"I think there is definitely mutual interest in getting something worked out," Bidwill said Thursday during a radio interview, per the team's official website. "Larry and I have had conversations. I know he's had conversations with (coach) Bruce (Arians) and (general manager) Steve Keim. (Larry) is traveling right now, but I think at the appropriate time we'll get this worked out.

"I know our fans are anxious and lot of media is out there talking, but I'd just say, everyone, relax a little bit. We'll get this worked out. I feel good about it. My goal from the beginning was to have Larry Fitzgerald retire as a Cardinal when he is ready to retire many years from now. I am feeling confident something will get worked out."


Cardinals president optimistic Larry Fitzgerald will return to team


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Cardinals president Michael Bidwill said Friday he thinks wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald will return to Arizona in 2015 and that contract talks between the team and his agent, Eugene Parker, have gone well.

"I’m sure we’ll get it worked out," Bidwill said to KTAR 92.3. "We’ve had a couple of conversations that I think were productive so we’ll continue those discussions or at least (general manager) Steve Keim and his agent will."

Fitzgerald has a $23.6 million cap hit in 2015 and is due $16.25 in base salary. 

"Without getting into too much, I think it’s perfect for us and it’s perfect for him," Bidwill said. "And we should be able to work this out."

Fitzgerald had 63 catches for 784 yards with two touchdowns in 14 games in 2014.


Report: Larry Fitzgerald not expecting to be back with Cards in '15


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/1/2015) Cardinals veteran receiver Larry Fitzgerald does not expect to be back with the team in 2015, a source told FOX Sports Arizona. Part of the reason is Fitzgerald is not happy with his role on the team, as he doesn't like playing in the slot and he has become far less of a focal point of the offense, according to the source.

"It has not crossed my mind," Fitzgerald said Wednesday as the team prepares for its wild-card game Saturday against the Panthers. "I'm in the midst of an opportunity that doesn't come too often, so all my energy and everything is focused on helping my team win."

General manager Steve Keim confirmed last week a Pro Football Talk report the Cardinals have no plans to release Fitzgerald despite a $23.6 million cap number next season, which would account for about 17 percent of the projected $141 million salary cap.

According to the report, it is unlikely Fitzgerald will restructure his contract again. Fitzgerald would have counted for $18 million against the salary cap in 2014, but he agreed to a deal that created about $10 million in cap space by converting salary to bonus money.

"I don't think it's any secret that we've said all along it's our intent to have Larry Fitzgerald retire a Cardinal," Keim told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.  "I don't want to get into it too deep, but with planning purposes, financially, from a cap standpoint, all those sorts of things, we have Larry's number already baked into our numbers."

"We've had ongoing talks with (Fitzgerald's agent) Eugene Parker, and we will continue to have ongoing talks. Even though it's still not 2015, it's my job to look at 2015, '16, '17 and years beyond, and we have to make good business decisions."


Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald ends season on sour note


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/28/2014) Cardinals wideout Larry Fitzgerald ended the season on a sour note Week 17 against the 49ers.

Fitzgerald caught two passes for 29 yards during the contest. He was targeted just four times. Fitzgerald has been battling a knee injury in recent weeks, but has managed to play through the pain. He finishes the year with just 63 catches, which is his lowest total since his rookie season. Fitzgerald gained 784 yards and scored two touchdowns. 

He'll take on the Panthers in the playoffs next week. Carolina is favored by -4.5 points.


Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald good to go for Week 17


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/28/2014) Cardinals wideout Larry Fitzgerald is active Week 17 against the 49ers.

Fitzgerald entered the contest listed as probable due to a knee injury. He was never a serious candidate to miss the game. 

The club will also have Lorenzo Alexander, Jaron Brown, Calais Campbell, Rashad Johnson, Ted Larsen, Tyrann Mathieu and Matt Shaughnessy for the contest. All seven players were also considered probable.

Deone Bucannon, John Carlson and Dan Williams will all attempt to play through injuries. They were all listed as questionable coming into the game. 


Cardinals list four as questionable for Sunday against San Francisco


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2014) With quarterback Drew Stanton (knee) already declared out, the Cardinals listed four players as questionable for Sunday's game against the 49ers including Deone Bucannon (knee), John Carlson (calf), Johnathan Cooper (wrist) and Dan Williams (foot).

Linebacker Larry Foote is also listeed as doubtful for the game with a knee injury. Foote has not missed a game this season, totaling 84 tackles and two sacks.

The Cardinals have also listed the following players as probable: Lorenzo Alexander (knee), Jaron Brown (toe), Calais Campbell (hip), Larry Fitzgerald (knee), Rashad Johnson (ankle), Ted Larsen (shoulder), Tyrann Mathieu (thumb) and Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder).


Report: Cardinals won't release WR Fitzgerald


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2014) Cardinals Pro Bowl wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald will not be cut, as some expect due to the team's salary cap issues, a source has told Pro Football Talk.

Fitzgerald has a cap number of $23.6 million for 2015. He could be traded or have his deal restructured. He could also decide to negotiate an extension.

Few non-quarterbacks have cap numbers anywhere near $20 million. Committing that much to a fading Fitzgerald, who hasn't totaled more than 34 yards receiving in his last four games, could prove disastrous. But the Cardinals are apparently willing to take that chance.

Fitzgerald has also been victimized this year and in recent seasons by inconsistent quarterback play.


Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald held in check Week 16


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2014) Cardinals wideout Larry Fitzgerald was held in check Week 16 against the Seahawks.

Fitzgerald received a team-high 11 targets, but only came up with four receptions. He gained 33 yards, averaging 8.3 yards per catch. Fitzgerald did draw two illegal use of hands penalties during the contest, so was useful on some of his incompletions. 

Fitzgerald will look for more Week 17 against the 49ers.


Larry Fitzgerald, Tyrann Mathieu ready to go for Cardinals


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) The Cardinals will have both Larry Fitzgerald and Tyrann Mathieu Week 16 against the Seahawks.

Both players came into the game listed as probable, and were always expected to play. Fitzgerald is battling a knee injury. Mathieu has a thumb issue.

The team will also have Lorenzo Alexander, Calais Campbell, Paul Fanaika, Larry Foote, Jared Veldheer and Kerwynn Williams for the contest. All six players were listed as probable.

The team's only questionable player, Jaron Brown, is also active. He's dealing with a toe injury.


Fitzgerald, Mathieu among notable Cardinals probables Week 16


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Cardinals have ruled guard Jonathan Cooper (wrist) out, quarterback Drew Stanton (knee) doubtful and wide receiver Jaron Brown (toe) questionable for Sunday's home game against Seattle.

Meanwhile, the following players were deemed probable: Outside linebacker Lorenzo Alexander (knee), defensive end Calais Campbell (hip), guard Paul Fanaika (ankle), wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (knee), inside linebacker Larry Foote (knee), safety Tyrann Mathieu (thumb), tackle Jared Veldheer (ankle) and running back Kerwynn Williams (knee).


Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald progresses to full practice Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (knee) was a full participant in Thursday's practice after being limited Wednesday, the team announced.

Fitzgerald has racked up 11 receptions in two games since his two-game absence but has managed just 64 yards and no touchdowns during that stretch. He's on track to resume his regular role in his team's Week 16 matchup with the Seahawks.


Larry Fitzgerald: Ryan Lindley 'can make all the throws'


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/16/2014) While many believe the Cardinals are in trouble after losing their top two quarterbacks, veteran wideout Larry Fitzgerald is professing a lot of faith in new starter Ryan Lindley, who has not started a game in nearly two years.

"He's a really cerebral young man, he's been in the league for over three (years) and he works hard, extremely hard in the offseason," Fitzgerald told NFL Network. "We actually train together and he's a student of the game, really focused. ... We really believe in Ryan, he can make all the throws. We've just got to protect him, make some plays for him outside, run the ball. We're going to be just fine."

Appearing in six games in 2012, Lindley produced zero touchdowns and nine turnovers. He went 4 of 10 for 30 yards in finishing up the Week 15 win in St. Louis. He faces the Seahawks on Sunday night.


Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald reaches 900 career receptions


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2014) Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald became the youngest player in league history to record 900 career receptions in Thursday's 12-6 win over the Rams in Week 15.

Fitzgerald, 31, surpassed Texans receiver Andre Johnson's record as the youngest to 900 catches early in the game and finished with seven receptions on 10 targets but for only 30 yards. He now owns 903 receptions in his 11-year career.

The Cardinals managed just 139 yards through the air but were able to pick up a win thanks to an excellent all-around performance on defense. The Cardinals are 11-1 when Fitzgerald takes the field and 0-2 without the veteran receiver. He'll get a few extra days to rest before a big Week 16 matchup against the Seahawks.


Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) among actives vs. Rams


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2014) Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (knee) is active for Thursday night's matchup with the Rams after being listed on the team's final injury report as probable to play.

Fitzgerald returned from a two-game absence in Week 14 and will remain ready to roll after a short week of preparation in Week 15. Other probables who are active Thursday include quarterback Drew Stanton (ankle, knee), tackle Jared Veldheer (ankle) and linebackers Larry Foote (foot), Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder) and Lorenzo Alexander (knee).

Both cornerback Antonio Cromartie (ankle) and defensive tackle Ed Stinson (toe) were listed as questionable to play Thursday and both are active as well.


Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald probable on final Week 15 injury list


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (knee) has been listed as probable for Thursday's Week 15 matchup with the Rams after participating fully in practice Wednesday.

Fitzgerald caught four passes for 34 yards in Week 14 after returning from a two-game absence. He was limited in the team's first two practices of the week before putting in a full practice Wednesday.

Five other players are listed as probable after participating fully in practice Wednesday, including quarterback Drew Stanton (ankle, knee), offensive tackle Jared Veldheer (ankle) and linebackers Larry Foote (foot), Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder) and Lorenzo Alexander (knee).

Cornerback Antonio Cromartie (ankle) is listed as questionable to face the Rams after being a limited participant in practice for the second straight day Wednesday. The team has ruled safety Tyrann Mathieu (thumb) and guard Paul Fanaika (ankle) out.


Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald still limited by knee injury


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/9/2014) Cardinals wideout Larry Fitzgerald (knee) was limited in practice for the second straight day Tuesday. He is tentatively expected to play Thursday at St. Louis.

Cards WR Larry Fitzgerald listed as limited


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/8/2014) The Cardinals listed wideout Larry Fitzgerald (knee) as a limited participant Monday ahead of Thursday's game in St. Louis. Fitzgerald did not aggravate his injury in Sunday's win over the Chiefs and is fully expected to face the Rams.