Live From Indy: Graves Settles Contract Talks

Amberly Richardson reports from Indianapolis that Ken Whisenhunt and Rod Graves were not tight lipped about their decision for next year's star power. They gave one player thumbs up, while the other enjoys a light pat on the back. Here is a look at the ongoing money talks between the Cardinals camp, Larry Fitzgerald and Calvin Pace.

Ken Whisenhunt was the first to sing Larry Fitzgerald's leadership accolades at the NFL Combine on Saturday.

"I thought Fitzgerald went a great distance for us last year in that capacity," Whisenhunt said.

Rod Graves followed suit and isn't phased by Fitzgerald's escalated contract.

"It is what it is, he's earned the right to be where he is," Graves said.

The Cardinals and Fitzgerald are at the bargaining to table to reschedule for a long-term deal. According to Graves, a middle ground will be reached.

"No question," Graves said. "Larry is a core player. We are going to do what we have to do."

Calvin Pace's haggling power has less stock. Graves said the Cardinals brought life into Calvin Pace's career and would like to continue to do so.

Graves said Pace wants to stay in Arizona, but he did not commit to Pace's future with the club as he did with Fitzgerald's.

Cardinals Comfort

Whisenhunt had a plan for his first year, but not everybody believed in it. He wasn't concerned with the people off of the page. He was supported by Michael Bidwill and himself. Whisenhunts thinks last year was a good start, but feels more confident the second time around.

"As I sit here a year later, I certainly feel more comfortable about the direction we're going and what we're trying to get done."

Amberly Richardson is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a correspondent for She has contributed to the official Web sites of several NFL players for Sixthman Communications.

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