Report: Contract talks between Larry Fitzgerald and Arizona Cardinals going well

GLENDALE, Ariz. – It seems like things are starting out on the right track with Larry Fitzgerald, the Arizona Cardinals and their contract negotiations.

A source close to the negotiations told azcentral sports’ Cardinals insider Kent Somers that talks between Fitzgerald’s agent Eugene Parker and the Cardinals are in the early stages, but they’re “positive” talks nonetheless.

Another source told Somers that the parties haven’t discussed money just yet, just that the initial talks are good.

Fitzgerald is heading into the 2015 season with a big salary cap number – $23.6 million to be exact – that the Cardinals are going to have to cut down. That’s a big chunk of the $140 million in cap money they’ll have to spread across the roster. Fitzgerald is also due an $8 million bonus if he’s on the roster on March 17.

General manager Steve Keim has always maintained the vision of having Fitzgerald retire as a Cardinal. Keim said that he wouldn’t cut Fitzgerald, but he didn’t say that he wouldn’t trade Fitzgerald if the right partner and the right deal came along.

Trading or releasing Fitzgerald before March 17 would save the Cardinals $9.2 million in cap space, but it would also create $14.4 million in dead money.

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