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.
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 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.