The eight-time Pro Bowler signed the revised contract, which apparently relieved the Red Birds from the $18 million cap hit Arizona was slated to take this year.
According to multiple reports and espn.com, Fitzgerald's base salary was reduced to $1 million and he received an $11.75 million signing bonus. That lowered his cap hit to $8.6 million for 2014, but, at the same time, increased his annual cap hit by $2.35 million each season. The University of Pittsburgh product is slated to receive an $8 million roster bonus in 2015.
In addition, the $120 million contract he signed in 2011 is set to expire in 2018. However, the final two years are options.
Fitzgerald was scheduled to make $12.75 million base salary in 2014 with the $18 million cap. In 2015, an $8 million base salary was in addition to an $8 million roster bonus and a $21.25 million cap hit.
Looking further at the numbers, for the 2016 NFL season, the 10-year veteran was scheduled to make a $15 million base salary with an $18.25 million cap number.
Finally in 2017, the final year of his $120 million contract, Fitzgerald was expected to earn $14.75 million base, which came with a $15 million cap hit.
The bottom line is that Fitzgerald is trying to help the Red Birds stay competitive in the very rugged NFC West with these moves.
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