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Michael Bidwill Preaches Larry Fitzgerald Patience

Cardinals president confident new deal will be worked out; Extensions coming for Arians, Keim


Cardinals president Michael Bidwill talks to Ron Wolfley (left) and Paul Calvisi on Thursday's "Big Red Rage."

Larry Fitzgerald's contract – and his salary cap number of $23.6 million – remains unwieldy.

But Cardinals president Michael Bidwill isn't worried that his team could lose its face of the franchise and star wide receiver.

"I think there is definitely mutual interest in getting something worked out," Bidwill said Thursday night on the "Big Red Rage." "Larry and I have had conversations. I know he's had conversations with (coach) Bruce (Arians) and (General

Manager) Steve Keim. (Larry) is traveling right now, but I think at the appropriate time we'll get this worked out.

"I know our fans are anxious and lot of media is out there talking, but I'd just say, 'Everyone, relax a little bit.' We'll get this worked out. I feel good about it. My goal from the beginning was to have Larry Fitzgerald retire as a Cardinal when he is ready to retire many years from now. I am feeling confident something will get worked out."

That isn't the only important potential contract Bidwill hopes to have done sooner rather than later. After two impressive seasons and 21 wins, both Arians and Keim are in line for contract extensions and pay raises, Bidwill said.

"I want to reward the people that do a great job," Bidwill said. "Sometime after the Super Bowl we'll sit down and talk extensions for both Steve and Bruce."

Bidwill noted how busy both he has been – with the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl coming to Arizona – and Arians and Keim have been – with both in Alabama this week for the Senior Bowl. One of the tasks in front of Arians remains to fill the vacant defensive coordinator job.

Bidwill said the Cardinals have talked to multiple candidates – some publicly known, like Dick LeBeau, but others whose names have not surfaced – but said Arians will be patient in finding "the right fit."

"None of those decisions have been made yet," Bidwill said.

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