Arizona Cardinals: How Should They Handle Larry Fitzgerald Contract Negotiation?

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Arizona Cardinals: How Should They Handle Larry Fitzgerald Contract Negotiation?
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Larry Fitzgerald has been the public face of the Cardinals for several years.

Though he is not playing in the game, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has been one of the most talked about stars doing the rounds this Super Bowl week.

And above all else, one thing keeps coming up time and again.

Would Larry Fitzgerald really consider remaining with a team like the Cardinals?

When news broke that the Cardinals organisation would consider trading Fitzgerald if the right offer came along, fans and analysts were sent into a frenzy.

Within a few days, this sole, anonymous rumor had grown to such a level that the consensus amongst analysts was that the Cardinals would face an uphill struggle to keep their sole offensive superstar. Fans resigned themselves to the fact that Fitz would be on his way out of Phoenix, and the player became one of the most talked about news stories, aside from the Super Bowl itself.

Though Fitz has done little to encourage this—even going so far as expressing his desire to retire with the Cardinals, if he feels they are committed to winning—the talk will not assuage.

Fellow Bleacher Report columnist, Adam Lazarus, made a very persuasive case for Fitz's leaving the state, but, while the individual points all ring true, the conclusion somehow feels unlikely to me.

I believe that Larry Fitzgerald will be a Cardinal long after the end of this season, assuming that the team makes keeping him a No. 1 priority. 

So, what must the Cardinals do to make this happen? Let's take a look.


Luke is a Featured Columnist for the Arizona Cardinals on Bleacher Reporter. He also covers the Arizona Cardinals for Sports Haze Phoenix. Follow him on twitter and Sports Haze,

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