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The Cardinals would have to eat $15 million in dead cap if they trade Fitzgerald.
We wrote this on Sunday:
OK, I'll get this off my chest and just simply say that Bruce Arians and the Cardinals are not trading Larry Fitzgerald. They just aren't. He's literally THE perfect wide receiver for Arians' offense, and trading him to Indianapolis is almost insulting to suggest.
However, IF Fitz is the player Irsay and Grigson are targeting, they must absorb his 8-year, $113 million dollar contract. He's reportedly due only $5 million in 2013, but in 2014 his salary jumps to over $12 mill. From 2014 to the end of his contract (2018), he is averaging $13 mill a season because his contract is ridiculously back-loaded.
So, from a money standpoint and from just a "let's think about this realistically" standpoint, Fitzgerald isn't an option.
Today, the always excellent Kent Somers of azcentral.com tweeted this to our own Nick Ragsdale, aka @coltsinsiders:
So, there. That should just about kill any notion or suggestion that the "wopper" wide receiver Colts owner Jim Irsay said the Colts were working on a deal for is Larry Fitzgerald.
It's also not , nor is it restricted free agent . bust
I swear to god, if all this crap is for someone like Davone Bess... table, flipped.