Cole’s sources said they expected the receiver market to be in the $7-$8 million range and Fitzgerald could end up at the top of that price range.
However, the fact that he’ll receive $11 million guaranteed over two years from Arizona has left teams concerned about this year’s market.
According to Cole, the Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill really wanted Fitzgerald back with the team for the remainder of his career.
Cardinals managed to free up $13 million in available cap space by re-signing Fitzgerald, which was really important for them based on their current financial situation. Fitzgerald’s new four-year agreement guarantees him $11 million per year over the next two seasons.
Although, Cardinals GM Steve Keim said that Fitzgerald’s new contract is “essentially” a two-year deal.
There is also a decent chance that some notable veterans could join that group once teams start making some serious roster cuts.