Re: More Fitgerald trade rumors?
It actually depends how the contract is structured.
I think Fitz wants out and that is why he won't restructure his contract for the Cards.
If he is traded, the team that gets him will have to get him to agree to do something with that.
He is good, but not 14 Mill good.
No player is worth 14 million, but that is probably close to his market value. And with the salary cap increasing by nearly 10% a year if we signed him long term and used his bonus money against this years cap then in the future we would be getting his services for a more reasonable cap hit. They should try to use as much of the cap space as possible because if you don't use it you lose it.
If we signed berrian and then traded him for fitz wouldn't we have to take a big cap hit for berrian?
I am pretty sure we would. I know in the DA rumors it was stated that the browns would take a cap hit this year if they traded him now.
Basically, if there is a signing bonus, then that would have to be paid for by the team that first signed him and not the team that traded for him.
So you don't trade a guy you just gave a big signing bonus to.
However, if the contract instead has a roster bonus (possibly guaranteed) due at some point in the near future, then if you traded the player before the bonus was due the team trading for the player would be on the hook for the entire deal in terms of cash, if not necessarily in terms of cap value.
The Anderson contract rumors are actually a great example.
It's rumored that his contract doesn't pay out until April sometime (probably after the draft if these are true), so a trade could still be worked out.
Here's a better explanation from profootballtalk.com: part 1; part 2.
As for how much Fitzgerald is worth, a restructured contract would probably put him at about $10 million/year with something like a $20-25 million signing bonus.
That's a lot, but not much more than we might end up paying for Berrian ($8 million/year, $15-20 million signing bonus).
He'd probably be the better financial value if you ignore the draft picks it would cost.
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