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first_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Gambadoro also points to the fact that the contractextension was placed so high on the priority list for theCardinals in preparation for the season, that it crippledthe team’s efforts to sign a legitimate veteran number tworeceiver to line up opposite of Fitzgerald. “You paid so much money to one guy, you’ve got no moneyleft for anybody else and you’ve got holes all over theplace,” he said.Burns brought up that former Cardinal receiver SteveBreaston, who wasn’t re-signed by the team and hooked onwith Kansas City as a free agent, is making his mark withthe Chiefs, where the other Arizona receivers haven’tproduced.“You know how many catches Steve Breaston has had in themonth of October?” Burns asked. “Sixteen. You know howmany catches Andre Roberts had in the month of October?Four.” Point made. Comments   Share   At the time, the deal, while rich, was viewed almostuniversally as the right thing for the Cardinals’organization to do. A few weeks earlier they had tradedfor quarterback Kevin Kolb and rewarded him with a gaudyfive-year contract. The Kolb-Fitzgerald combo wassupposed to be the cornerstone of the plan to elevate theCardinals to the top of the NFC West once again. That was late August.Now in early November, the Cardinals are sporting a 1-6record, Kolb is struggling, and people are wondering whyFitzgerald isn’t a more dominant factor in the offense.Fitz is not currently in the top 20 in the league inreceptions or targets. In games around the NFL lastSunday,62 players had more passes thrown theirway than the five that Kolb directed toward Fitzgerald.There seems to be a building sentiment that Fitzgerald’sdealis actually hurting the Cardinals.Among those building the sentiment are Arizona Sports 620hosts Dave Burns and John Gambadoro, who discussed thetopic on Tuesday’s show. “If Larry Fitzgerald is going to get that type of money,he’s got to catch 7 or 8 passes per game,” Gambadoro said.“They’ve played seven games and he’s got two touchdowns.For $50 million in guaranteed money, you’re probably goingto get four touchdowns out of Larry Fitzgerald, maybefive. It’s not good enough. It’s just not good enough.” Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke There is no doubt whom the “face of the franchise” is forthe Arizona Cardinals.It’s Larry Fitzgerald. Not only is Fitzgerald one of themost talented and feared wide receivers in the league, buthe’s also very visible as the Cardinals’ ambassador to thecommunity. It’s for those reasons that general managerRod Graves signed Fitzgerald, who was entering the lastyear of his contract, to a massive 8-year, $120 milliondeal that guaranteed the receiver around $50 million.last_img

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