Larry Fitzgerald Is Willing To Renegotiate To Keep Anquan Boldin On The Cardinals
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Just When You Thought He Couldn't Get Any Better, Larry Fitzgerald Shocks The World. Are You Sure He's A WR?

1/28/09 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

I really didn't think it would be possible for me to be MORE impressed with Larry Fitzgerald than I already am, after seeing him torch the best of the NFC in the playoffs.

His catches have ranged from routine to ridiculous, and he has been the single biggest reason, other than the combination of Kurt Warner and Jesus, that the Cardinals are about to play in the Super Bowl on Sunday.

The latest news, however, has not only convinced me that this might not be the last time we see Larry Fitzgerald playing in late January/early February, it has also made me even more impressed with him, as a player and a person.

In a time when many of the elite wide receivers are known for being selfish prima donnas and team cancers, Fitzgerald is truly breaking the mold.

Sure, we knew he was a good guy. There haven't been stories of him fighting with teammates. He's always a reliable source of team-first quotes and he's quick to deflect credit to his teammates. But it doesn't stop there. Not even remotely.

Last summer, Fitzgerald signed a contract with the Cardinals for 4 years and $40 million. While that's certainly good money, there's no doubt that he could have made more elsewhere. After this season, in which he has excelled even more, and is being called possibly the best receiver in the game. He probably could have taken a page out of Terrell Owens' book, and demanded a renegotiation for more money. He could have shut it down like Randy Moss did in Oakland.

Turns out, he is indeed seeking a contract renegotiation. It's not what you might have expected, however. Fitzgerald's teammate Anquan Boldin has made it clear that he will be seeking a renegotiation after the Super Bowl, and Fitzgerald apparently likes lining up opposite Boldin, because he's offering to restructure his deal and take LESS money, in order to keep Boldin happy and with the Cardinals.

There's not much more to say about him at this point. Fitzgerald is clearly interested in winning, and will do whatever it takes to make that happen. At a time when his market value has never been higher, he's volunteering to take a hit in order for his team to retain another high quality WR.

If we didn't see proof on the field, you would never know that this guy is an elite wide receiver. They just don't DO this.


Fitzgerald willing to restructure deal to keep Boldin [Adam Schefter]
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1/29/09   |   azcardsfan   |   4 respect

do you know how many people that live in AZ didn't grow uo there, that state has grown over last 20yrs crazy. most kids parents grew up elsewhere and kids tend to gravitate towards their dads fav team.

1/29/09   |   snbslugger

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Gold.  Comedy Freakin' Gold right there.  You should go on the Card's website and post that in the forums.

1/29/09   |   crypt44

 Oh damn, my bad. I thought I caught someone pulling a fast one lol.

1/29/09   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

crypt44 wrote:
So, just because you live in Arizona means you are now a CARDINALS fan but is indicated otherwise here. (Cowboys)

Where did he say he was a Cardinals fan? He just said he respected Fitzgerald as a player. He didn't say anything about switching from the Cowboys to the Cardinals.

1/29/09   |   crypt44

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I live in AZ and believe me you couldn't get on the Cards bandwagon with dynamite right now. It is so full of all the fair weather fans that live in AZ it is ridiculous. However respecting the man for what he does on the field and being a team player is understandable. I am going to read about the girlfriend situation when I am done with this post, I don't know anything about that. I am seriously considering buying a Fitzgerald jersey and seeing if I can get his autograph when they come up to Flag for training camp next summer.

So, just because you live in Arizona means you are now a CARDINALS fan but is indicated otherwise here. (Cowboys)

1/28/09   |   WhoDey   |   6 respect

snbslugger wrote:
I've been following Fitzgerald since college.  The guy is class all the way.  If Anquan asks for too much now, he looks like even more of a d-bag.  This is a win-win for Cardinals fans

Same here, and I completely totally agree.

1/28/09   |   njstixx

Yeah he's a great guy when he's not beating up his baby's mama and pulling her hair out.....

1/28/09   |   Superbleeder   |   94 respect

100%InjuryRate wrote:
Well, he sounds like a good team guy, but he wasn't the best "team player" with his girlfriend.

Way to bring that back up when he does something like this.

1/28/09   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

100%InjuryRate wrote:
Well, he sounds like a good team guy, but he wasn't the best "team player" with his girlfriend.

Maybe he found out she was playing for the other team.

1/28/09   |   Heyhey1970   |   194 respect

luc20lakings wrote:

I am extremely impressed with Fitzgerald's attitude and his selfless act. I for one think its refreshing in this day and age of selfish superstar athletes, that an athlete with his kind of talent is an even better person than he is an athlete. Major props to you sir, Mr Fitzgerald!

However, how sad is it that when somebody does something like this, we all have to take special notice because its so uncommon in the world of sports today? We have become so cynical that we now expect our favorite players to follow the money come free agency or our team owners to raise ticket prices, even if our team finishes dead last.

Thats why its important to celebrate acts such as these, because it proves there are still people out there who still care more about the name on the front of the jersey instead of the back!!

Good catch on the cynicism. 

1/28/09   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

Well, he sounds like a good team guy, but he wasn't the best "team player" with his girlfriend.

1/28/09   |   freckled_wonder

That's what you call a teammate right there.

1/28/09   |   azcardsfan   |   4 respect

Deadpool wrote:
Good article, just one correction - Boldin still has two years left on his current contract, and just wants it restructured/extended.  Quan's not going anywhere next season, whether Fitzgerald restructures or not.

Nah he's a goner the Cards did not so much promise him but they did say he deserves a raise, but if i were a betting man(and i am) they are gonna trade him for draft pick or two. they are Ok at WR and they got some serious contracts to upgrade(wilson) and free agents Dockett, Dansby, Warner, Wilson, they are gonna cut Edge and save 5 mil.

1/28/09   |   BlazerJoe   |   103 respect

Larry Fitzgerald is a class act, and it would be nice if there were more players in the NFL like him.  Sadly, most people see the ones who scream "look at me" instead of the ones that scream "look at the team".

1/28/09   |   WhoDey   |   6 respect

Wow, he is truly great.  I've always loved him since his days at Pitt, but now that I say he's my favorite non-Bengal, people think I'm bandwagoning and it's very annoying.  But he is a truly great football player.

1/28/09   |   bkuhn

boldin still wont be happy with making number 2 wide reciever money.  even if fitz is ok wit it

1/28/09   |   luc20lakings

I am extremely impressed with Fitzgerald's attitude and his selfless act. I for one think its refreshing in this day and age of selfish superstar athletes, that an athlete with his kind of talent is an even better person than he is an athlete. Major props to you sir, Mr Fitzgerald!

However, how sad is it that when somebody does something like this, we all have to take special notice because its so uncommon in the world of sports today? We have become so cynical that we now expect our favorite players to follow the money come free agency or our team owners to raise ticket prices, even if our team finishes dead last.

Thats why its important to celebrate acts such as these, because it proves there are still people out there who still care more about the name on the front of the jersey instead of the back!!

1/28/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

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I think its a great gesture on his part. If I were the Cardinals, however, I'd be looking for someone else to take a pay cut rather than this guy who's totally worth it.

It's probably better that a player offers and they accept the offer rather than potentially upset other players by bringing up the issue.

1/28/09   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

Deadpool wrote:
Good article, just one correction - Boldin still has two years left on his current contract, and just wants it restructured/extended.  Quan's not going anywhere next season, whether Fitzgerald restructures or not.

Fixed. Thank you, good sir.

1/28/09   |   snbslugger

I've been following Fitzgerald since college.  The guy is class all the way.  If Anquan asks for too much now, he looks like even more of a d-bag.  This is a win-win for Cardinals fans

1/28/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

This is a pretty amazing show of character in a "me first" league that we have today.  Just like Tom Bady giving a hometown discount to the Pats a few years back so they could have a little more flexibility.  I guess being in and winning Super Bowls does that for a guy. 

1/28/09   |   Deadpool

Good article, just one correction - Boldin still has two years left on his current contract, and just wants it restructured/extended.  Quan's not going anywhere next season, whether Fitzgerald restructures or not.