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Tuesday, March 11, 2008 ·

From ESPN,

The Arizona Cardinals and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald reached agreement on a blockbuster four-year, $40 million contract that will free up much-needed salary cap room for the team. Fitzgerald announced the deal on his Web site, saying he will make $33 million over the first three years of the contract.

Over the final two years of his old deal, Fitzgerald was scheduled to make $14,592,500 in 2008 and $17,355,000 in 2009. That put the team in a tight cap bind -- with less than $400,000 of cap room remaining -- so signing players was tough until they struck a deal with Fitzgerald. They had only 48 players on their roster and only 16 players on defense.

Before any of you want to blame the Eagles for failing to acquire Fitzgerald, you have to understand that it takes two to trade and Larry never wanted to leave Arizona.

Now the Eagles will turn their eyes to Roy Williams or Chad Johnson, two other receivers playing for teams who have publicly said that they will not trade. Roy Williams is set to be a free-agent next season, so maybe something could happen close to the trade deadline, but I doubt it. If the Eagles plan to upgrade the wide receiver position, they better hope for a steal in the draft.

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