One name that hasn’t surfaced as a possible trade candidate in advance of Tuesday’s deadline is Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald.
Adam Schefter of ESPN suggests that there’s a chance (albeit slim) that Fitzgerald could be traded by Tuesday. Per Schefter, it’s more likely that Fitzgerald would be traded after the season.
Schefter explains that Fitzgerald’s cap number shoots to $18 million next year; his base salary will be $13 million.
In 2015, he’ll make $16.25 million. In 2016, the compensation is $15.25 million. For 2017 and 2018, the final two years of the deal, Fitzgerald will get $15 million each year.
Schefter suggests that a restructuring of the contract would be needed to facilitate a trade. The easy solution would be to convert the 2014 base salary to a signing bonus, driving the number down in 2014 and pushing cap dollars to future years.
A separate question relates to setting the trade compensation for a guy who will be 31 next season and who has been battling a hamstring injury all year. Would he bring in a first-round pick? More? Less?
Then comes the question of where he’d be traded. Given that he reportedly nearly became an Eagle in 2008, folks who were calling the shots in Philly five years ago need to be considered, like the Browns (where Joe Banner is the CEO) and the Chiefs (where Andy Reid is the head coach).
Many believe that Fitzgerald would like to play for the Vikings, but they don’t have a quarterback — and they already have too much money invested in running back Adrian Peterson. (Maybe they could trade Peterson for Fitzgerald. I’m kidding. Sort of.)
Fitzgerald presumably will want to play for a team with a franchise quarterback and a chance to compete for the championship that Fitzgerald still covets, after nearly getting it in early 2009
Regardless, the possibility that Fitzgerald will be in play makes the 2014 offseason a lot more interesting.