Larry Fitzgerald and Darnell Dockett bring home the winning purse after defeating the AFC, 42-30.…
Cards Talk Numbers with Fitz, Pace, Dansby
General Manager Rod Graves said Fitzgerald's cap number will determine which direction the Cardinals move in free agency.
As it stands, Fitzgerald is set to make $14.592 million in 2008 and more than $17 million in 2009. The Cardinals are aware that 1,400-yard seasons don't come cheap, but they realize the need to free up some funds. Their ultimate goal is to give Fitzgerald a long-term deal that spreads out the cap hit.
Fitzgerald's outlook is simple.
"I want to be a Cardinal," Fitzgerald said. "I enjoy it here. I love my teammates."
Still waiting in the wings are free agents Calvin Pace and Karlos Dansby, who appear less hell-bent on staying in the desert.
Pace appears open to testing the waters, while Dansby merely wants respect -- with a multitude of zeros trailing it.
If a deal is not reached with Dansby, the franchise tag is expected to stop him in his tracks. A tag would place him in the $8-million bracket for next season, a far cry from the $894,000 base salary he made last season.
Amberly Richardson is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a correspondent for Scout.com. She has contributed to the official Web sites of several NFL players for Sixthman Communications.
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