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Old 08-20-2009, 12:05 PM   #1
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Larry Fitzgerald has restructured his contract to help the team create some extra salary cap room. Fitz was reluctant to talk much about it – he isn’t a guy who likes having his business out there for public consumption – but he said he felt it was something he should do. He also mentioned Anquan Boldin’s situation.

“Guys that are elite players in the business, they have to sacrifice,” Fitzgerald said. “I know my fellow guy Q, he is in a position he doesn’t want to be in and I just want to see him happy. We talked about it when we moved into the new stadium, I remember in a preseason game talking with him about the Ring of Honor and how nice it would be to both have our names up there one day.”

The move does free cap space – it has to do with incentives Fitzgerald might earn this year, which under the old pact would have immediately taken up cap space if reached – but it doesn’t necessarily mean anything is immediately on the horizon in terms of a new Boldin deal, or even that the space is intended for Boldin.

“I volunteered,” Fitzgerald said. “I told them if they needed something I wouldn’t hesitate. They said they needed it.”
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Old 08-20-2009, 12:06 PM   #2
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Larry Fitzgerald has restructured his contract to help the team create some extra salary cap room. Fitz was reluctant to talk much about it – he isn’t a guy who likes having his business out there for public consumption – but he said he felt it was something he should do. He also mentioned Anquan Boldin’s situation.

“Guys that are elite players in the business, they have to sacrifice,” Fitzgerald said. “I know my fellow guy Q, he is in a position he doesn’t want to be in and I just want to see him happy. We talked about it when we moved into the new stadium, I remember in a preseason game talking with him about the Ring of Honor and how nice it would be to both have our names up there one day.”

The move does free cap space – it has to do with incentives Fitzgerald might earn this year, which under the old pact would have immediately taken up cap space if reached – but it doesn’t necessarily mean anything is immediately on the horizon in terms of a new Boldin deal, or even that the space is intended for Boldin.

“I volunteered,” Fitzgerald said. “I told them if they needed something I wouldn’t hesitate. They said they needed it.”
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He has to feel guilty. Anquan more than deserves to have his contract addressed.
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Old 08-20-2009, 12:09 PM   #3
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He has to feel guilty. Anquan more than deserves to have his contract addressed.
no he dosent, if the contract was that bad then he shouldnt have signed it in the first place. If he gets a big deal and starts sucking is he going to offer to give some of the money back ?

when will people start honoring contracts that they freely signed
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Old 08-20-2009, 12:14 PM   #4
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Anquan deserves the contract after he was denied it last year and he played his goddamn ass off...he came back after breaking his entire face in a blowout game....

we can't even get our guy to learn the playbook
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Old 08-20-2009, 12:16 PM   #5
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no he dosent, if the contract was that bad then he shouldnt have signed it in the first place. If he gets a big deal and starts sucking is he going to offer to give some of the money back ?

when will people start honoring contracts that they freely signed
When the owners honor them and guarantee the contract like other sports do. I have no problem with NFL players renegotiating when they can be cut at any time.
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Old 08-20-2009, 12:16 PM   #6
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no he dosent, if the contract was that bad then he shouldnt have signed it in the first place. If he gets a big deal and starts sucking is he going to offer to give some of the money back ?

when will people start honoring contracts that they freely signed
dumb....
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he probably converted this years salary into a bonus...

woop d friggen doo!

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Old 08-20-2009, 12:29 PM   #8
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Anquan deserves the contract after he was denied it last year and he played his goddamn ass off...he came back after breaking his entire face in a blowout game....

we can't even get our guy to learn the playbook
Anquan is all class and has handled his situation like a pro's pro..
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Old 08-20-2009, 12:34 PM   #9
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Maybe he could give BMarsh a call and give him a little advice.
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Old 08-20-2009, 12:36 PM   #10
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he probably converted this years salary into a bonus...

woop d friggen doo!
Bingo. This is what people don't understand when they talk about these guys like they're giving up money to help the team. Newsflash, folks. He's not giving up a penny. He's simply moving the money he was going to get through incentives or future salary and getting it in some other form (most likely a bonus that can be spread out over the length of the contract) on a dollar-for-dollar basis.

Restructuring does not equal paycut.
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Old 08-20-2009, 12:40 PM   #11
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no he dosent, if the contract was that bad then he shouldnt have signed it in the first place. If he gets a big deal and starts sucking is he going to offer to give some of the money back ?

when will people start honoring contracts that they freely signed
My thoughts exactly.
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My thoughts exactly.
So Crabtree is doing the right thing then?
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I find it funny that people think restructuring contract = giving up/losing money.
How dumb some of you guys are. Every time somebody restructures his contract for the sake of helping out the team its basically to turn base salary into guaranteed money, into a bonus. For the player NOTHING CHANGES. HE STILL GETS THE MONEY. In fact, now its guaranteed, so its even better. If Fitzgeralds base salary is 10 mil. the Cards are gonna restructure his base salary so its gonna be lets say 1 mil. and then he's gonna get a 9 mil. bonus if he catches more than 1 ball in that season. And thats pretty likely i'd assume. And the bonus doesnt count against the salary cap. Thats just one example. So no, he's not losing any money. He still gets the 10 mil. But yeah, Marshall should be just like him. He makes so much money, he was one of the lowest paid Broncos the past few seasons even though he made all pro teams. And now you're gonna kiss Fitzgeralds ass for not even giving up a single dollar even though he's the highest paid receiver in the game. Yeah, they're both in the same exact boat. You're some piece of work.

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no he dosent, if the contract was that bad then he shouldnt have signed it in the first place. If he gets a big deal and starts sucking is he going to offer to give some of the money back ?

when will people start honoring contracts that they freely signed
i agree with you about if it was a bad deal he shouldn't have signed it. but if the owners can cut a player and not have to pay him anymore if the player sucks, the player should be able to ask for more money if he outplays his deal.
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Old 08-20-2009, 01:19 PM   #15
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I don't get it...Anquan left all his things at the Cardinals facility even though he would like a pay raise? Aren't there trust issues there? Well at least he blogged about it. Oh he didn't? He went about his business like a grown man? Weird.



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I remember Rod Smith took a paycut a few seasons ago. Not a restructure. But a paycut. The Broncos literally went to the operating table after his hip surgery and asked him to take a paycut... and he did... and I would think he gave up millions to help the team.... and he had rightly earned every penny of those millions....
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I remember Rod Smith took a paycut a few seasons ago. Not a restructure. But a paycut. The Broncos literally went to the operating table after his hip surgery and asked him to take a paycut... and he did... and I would think he gave up millions to help the team.... and he had rightly earned every penny of those millions....
Different scenario there. That's a guy at the end of his career being told that he's going to be cut if he doesn't take the paycut. The player accepts because he knows that if he hits the market at his age, nobody will offer him anywhere near the "reduced" amount....so it's still good for him even though it's not as good as it originally was.

It is not, however, the case of a guy in his prime that is trading salary for bonus just to free up some cap space....like we have here.
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Different scenario there. That's a guy at the end of his career being told that he's going to be cut if he doesn't take the paycut. The player accepts because he knows that if he hits the market at his age, nobody will offer him anywhere near the "reduced" amount....so it's still good for him even though it's not as good as it originally was.

It is not, however, the case of a guy in his prime that is trading salary for bonus just to free up some cap space....like we have here.
Restructuring that helps the team is STILL being a team player.
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