Before the games kicked off on Sunday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that a trade involving Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald would be in play this offseason and that there’s even a slim chance that he could be dealt by Tuesday’s trade deadline.
The trade would bring the Cardinals cap relief as Fitzgerald is set to make $13 million next season and count $18 million against the salary cap with several more years of big salaries to follow through the 2018 end of the contract. Fitzgerald, who became the youngest player to catch 800 passes on Sunday, was asked about the chatter after the game and said he was focused on football not the offseason.
“I don’t know,” Fitzgerald said, via Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic. “I come to work every day and just focus on how I can help the Arizona Cardinals and help my team win. If they decide to move me, that happens. I have no control over any of that. I just focus on what I can do to improve and help my team.”
That stops short of saying that he wants to be a Cardinal for the rest of his career, which is probably wise since there will either be a major contract restructuring or parting of the ways come the offseason. Assuming he isn’t dealt in the next two days, the final eight games of this season will probably let us know which is the likeliest outcome.