Fitzgerald contract details open eyes

Details of Larry Fitzgerald‘s new contract are now available for all agents to see, and the numbers are staggering.

According to the NFL Players Association numbers, in the seven new years of the deal — Fitzgerald had one year worth $7 million left on his deal — he will average $16.1 million per season.

And, as I have been reporting, the value on the first three new years is extraordinary — Fitzgerald will earn $51.5 million in those three years, an average of more than $17 million per season, eclipsing what quarterbacks like Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger earned in their first three years of their deals.

Agents and team officials often use the average over the first three years of a deal as a valued metric, with careers averaging about that span and many contracts backloaded with big paydays and fluff that a player will never actually see.

This contract is staggering for a non-quarterback and certainly raises the bar.

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