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August 21, 2009 6:56 AM

Room being made for Boldin?

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has restructured his contract, The Arizona Republic reports.

Without question, Fitzgerald is the most talented player on the Cardinals' roster. He might also be the most unselfish as well. One season after posting career highs in yardage (1,431) and touchdowns (12) and almost leading the Cardinals to a Super Bowl victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, Fitzgerald has helped clear the way for a possible contract extension for Aquan Boldin.

Boldin, for the last two seasons, has been seeking an extension on the four-year $22.67 million extension he signed in July of 2005. There are two years and $12 million remaining on the contract. He caught 89 passes for 1,038 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2008.

The Republic reports the restructuring of Fitzgerald's four-year, $40 million deal he signed last season will not affect the Cardinals' salary cap. Boldin's deal doesn't expire this season--it's next year.

What are the Cardinals thinking?

Arizona didn't confirm the move was made to free cap space for a potential Boldin extension. However, one can read between the lines.

In an interview with The Republic, Fitzgerald said: "I know Q is in a position he doesn't want to be in," Fitzgerald said. "I just want to see him happy so we can be here for a long time to come. I volunteered. So they said they needed it, and it wasn't a problem."

For now, Boldin is not making any noise. But with potential suitors waiting to make offers, one of the sides has to make a move.

The Cardinals may have just moved a piece on the board.

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