Cardinals Face Potential Dilemma?

Cards Sideline, from azcardinals.comMike Florio from the Sporting News is predicting that the Cardinals could face a potential problem with Larry Fitzgerald’s contract.

6. Cardinals will mishandle Fitzgerald

Because of a rookie contract that included big-money escalators for the final two years of the deal, the Arizona Cardinals face a salary-cap mess in ’08 and ’09. The money owed to receiver Larry Fitzgerald is directly responsible.

It’s a thorny problem for the Cardinals. They owe Fitzgerald $14.592 million this coming season and $17.355 million the next. A long-term extension is possible, but if the guaranteed money is less than $31.947 million (the sum of the salaries he is owed), the Cardinals shouldn’t bother. Trading Fitzgerald is another possibility, but who’d want to pick up that contract?

This situation could go in several directions. The only safe bet, given the history of the franchise, is that the Cardinals will find a way to screw it up.

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