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Fitzgerald nearly became an Eagle in 2008

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As the Eagles and Cardinals prepare to renew acquaintances in Arizona on Sunday, one of the best receivers in the NFL was destined to be there, playing for one team or the other.

Larry Fitzgerald tells Geoff Mosher of that the Eagles nearly traded for the wideout in 2008.  According to Fitzgerald, the Eagles offered a first-round pick and a third-round pick for Fitzgerald in 2008, when the back end of Fitzgerald’s rookie deal had the team over a barrel with a gigantic cap number.  Eventually, Fitzgerald signed a four-year, $40 million contract.

It’s no surprise that the Eagles made a run at Fitzgerald.  That same offseason, they tried to sign receiver Randy Moss, reportedly offering him more than the three-year, $27 million package he signed to stay with the Patriots.

If Fitzgerald had gone to Philly, it would have reshaped the team, dramatically.  Jeremy Maclin and/or DeSean Jackson likely wouldn’t have been drafted, and other players would have been not drafted or signed in free agency.

One similarity is that Fitzgerald would have been on the same team with quarterback Kevin Kolb, who was taken by the Eagles in the second round of the 2007 draft.

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38 Responses to “Fitzgerald nearly became an Eagle in 2008”
  1. chaseutley says: Sep 21, 2012 9:53 PM

    And Donovan McNabb might still be an Eagle.

  2. skoobyfl says: Sep 21, 2012 9:53 PM

    He reminds me of Eric Moulds being trapped in a horrible Bills’ QB situation.

  3. gadzod says: Sep 21, 2012 9:55 PM

    My fantasy team wouldn’t be hurting with his lack of getting balls thrown to him, and he would have a somewhat competent QB throwing him the ball.

  4. mikebrownfaux says: Sep 21, 2012 9:55 PM

    Fitzgerald is going to be stuck on the Cardinals his entire career and have no more success than the one Super Bowl appearance they had.

  5. logicalthinkersays says: Sep 21, 2012 9:55 PM

    He has a better chance to win a Superbowl in Arizona.

  6. eastsideballa says: Sep 21, 2012 9:57 PM

    I honestly do not see the eagles winning a superbowl within the next few decades. You ungrateful eagles fans will look back on mcnabb’s career with a nostalgic euphoria and a twinkle in you’re eyes and say “ooh those were the days..”.

  7. yelix says: Sep 21, 2012 9:57 PM

    The Cardinals wouldn’t have gone to the Super Bowl and Ken Whisenhunt wouldn’t be head coach anymore.

  8. jtbaudendistel says: Sep 21, 2012 9:58 PM

    Fitz represents all that is right with the NFL. Great player to have on any team.

  9. dalucks says: Sep 21, 2012 10:02 PM

    I knew the Eagles were too cheap to make this happen. If they wanted him, they would have figured it out.

  10. phillyphannn83 says: Sep 21, 2012 10:04 PM

    When this went down I was so incredibly disappointed the deal fell through, I wanted Larry Fitzgerald in midnight green so bad. It all worked out in the end, but I’d still trade DJax and Maclin for Larry Fitzgerald, even though I think Maclin is the most underrated WR in the NFL. Maybe, hopefully, on Sunday, we can show Larry he made a mistake resigning with ARI.

    I got it at 24-13, PHI

  11. delusionalcardsfan says: Sep 21, 2012 10:06 PM

    I thank sweet little baby Jesus that he is still a Cardinal. I just hope he gets the ring he deserves in Arizona! 😀

  12. francheyes says: Sep 21, 2012 10:06 PM

    dodged a bullet there

  13. derekjetersmansion says: Sep 21, 2012 10:10 PM

    Well, at least they probably called!

  14. tdurdenlives says: Sep 21, 2012 10:17 PM

    Imagine if McNabb had Fitz to catch the ball. Might he still be under center in Philly?

  15. descendency says: Sep 21, 2012 10:17 PM

    Only a first and a third for him?

    Why weren’t more teams in on this…

  16. nyyjetsknicks says: Sep 21, 2012 10:19 PM

    So he would have had the chance to see Kolb sucks earlier in his career.

  17. soia311 says: Sep 21, 2012 10:25 PM

    “…when the back end of Fitzgerald’s rookie deal had the team over a barrel with a gigantic cap number.”

    I’d like to bend her over a barrel and show her the 50 states.

  18. fearthehoody says: Sep 21, 2012 10:40 PM

    I wish there was an article that said, “The Patriots ALMOST drafted Laurence Maroney.”

  19. 16niners says: Sep 21, 2012 10:41 PM

    Coulda, woulda, shoulda…..didnt.
    Who cares.

  20. onegamedoesnotaseasonmake says: Sep 21, 2012 11:14 PM

    I’ll wager that many of us are glad that the eagles didn’t get him…

  21. leo133074 says: Sep 21, 2012 11:24 PM

    Fitz was almost an eagle 4 years ago? And what does that have to do with the price of tea in china?

  22. durno99 says: Sep 21, 2012 11:40 PM

    AP for Fitz!!!! Get it done !!!!!

  23. neilanblomi says: Sep 22, 2012 12:06 AM

    Fitz isn’t stuck anywhere. He is the one who chose to sign not 1, but 2 extensions with the cards.

  24. returnofmeezle says: Sep 22, 2012 1:45 AM

    great comment fearthehoody

  25. tigobitties says: Sep 22, 2012 1:49 AM

    cool story, and he almost became a Viking before he signed that ginormous contract to not catch a ball in arizona for the rest of his career.

  26. capitaloffense says: Sep 22, 2012 3:17 AM

    I speak for the rest of the non Eagle NFC East when we say, “Thank the heavens!”

  27. illwillthemick says: Sep 22, 2012 3:55 AM

    hmmmm… desean, fitz, vick mccoy, celek….. oh what could have been…. could still??? fingers crossed.

  28. joetoronto says: Sep 22, 2012 4:40 AM

    “Fitzgerald nearly became an Eagle in 2008”

    Then he realized he didn’t like trying to catch dirt balls every game.

  29. n1kki6 says: Sep 22, 2012 5:13 AM

    If anyone wants to document my Madden franchise season in 2008 I’m sure I could dig it up.

  30. bleedgreen says: Sep 22, 2012 5:44 AM

    I remember back in 08, someone said they saw Fitzgerald at the Philly airport being picked up by the team limo. Everyone said he was full of crap. I guess he wasn’t full of crap.

  31. death1to2hipsters3 says: Sep 22, 2012 6:14 AM

    God the Eagles offense would almost be prefect with Larry Fitzgerald on the oppisite side if DeSean Jackson

  32. dannythebisforbeast says: Sep 22, 2012 9:03 AM

    And yea cause mcnabb had no one to throw too that was his problem. It’s weird but the receivers he had in Washington are still in the league as are most of the Vikings WR’s and he isn’t. Once his legs and his ability to avoid rushers left him it was over.

  33. fordmandalay says: Sep 22, 2012 9:52 AM

    I can just imagine how badly the Cards would have wasted those additional picks. Probably on at least one more RB with a bad case of fumble-itis. They can never have enough of those. Or used them to trade up for the next year to get Tebow.

  34. kiddk1 says: Sep 22, 2012 10:06 AM

    Fitz has too much class to play in philly

  35. laeaglefan says: Sep 22, 2012 10:21 AM

    Fitzgerald just KILLS the Eagles. If the Cardinals win the game tomorrow, Fitzgerald will be a big part of that….guaranteed!

  36. Wisconsin77 says: Sep 22, 2012 10:45 AM

    Maybe if he was an Eagle and had an actual QB throwing to him he wouldn’t be KILLING my fantasy football team right now.

  37. westclaims says: Sep 22, 2012 10:49 AM

    I seriously doubt that this was the only offer the Cards have ever received for Fitz. What’s really important, is that no offer was ever accepted.

  38. rohinaz says: Sep 22, 2012 2:02 PM

    So becuase the eagles made a offer that means Fitz was ‘almost’ an eagle? Cards probobly laughed out loud when they saw that, a 1st and 3rd for the best WR in the game. riiiiiight.

    Cards should offer a 3rd and a 7th for nnamdi, then pft could write and article the nnamdi was alomst a cardinal.

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