The greatest wide receiver in Arizona Cardinals history acknowledged Thursday that his future in the desert is up in the air, courtesy of a $23.6 million salary cap number for 2015.
"I could go out this year and get 2,600 yards and that cap number is still going to have to be addressed, know what I mean?" Fitzgerald said, via the Cardinals' official website. "It doesn't matter how well I play or how bad I play, it's going to be addressed. I don't even think about it."
General manager Steve Keim and team president Michael Bidwill have made no secret of their desire to have Fitzgerald finish his career in a Cardinals uniform. The wide receiver has returned the sentiment.
Finding common ground is easier said than done, however.
Fitzgerald's contract gives him the upper hand in negotiations. The organization might attempt to extract leverage of their own with summer sensation John Brown taking on the look of an impact rookie alongside Michael Floyd.
If the Cardinals lowball Fitzgerald, he will have no shortage of suitors.
The potential Hall of Famer also has connections in Minnesota and Pittsburgh.
Fitzgerald is a native of Minneapolis, where he has strong roots, including a father revered as a longtime sports journalist. He played his college ball at Pitt. Todd Haley, the Cardinals' offensive coordinator during Fitzgerald's historic playoff run leading up to Super Bowl XLIII, is now calling plays for the Steelers.
The two sides have six more months of bliss before the contract hammer drops.