Larry Fitzgerald: If they decide to move me, that happens

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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.

44 responses to “Larry Fitzgerald: If they decide to move me, that happens

  1. Carson Palmer must be feeling sick to his stomach thinking he’s gonna lose Fitzgerald. This will seal the fate of the Cardinals if they let him get away. The bottom of the NFC west for years to come.

  2. The guy deserves the Steven Jackson treatment. He’s been a stud every year that the QB play has allowed, he’s been a consumate professional, and he deserves to spend some years winning.

  3. I have no doubt he will end up on the Broncos if traded. They love big name players. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

  4. I hope they move Larry. One of the best talent in NFL has been stuck with pathetic QBs for way too long.
    The question is where. Not many teams willing to unload drafts for an aging WR.

  5. He’s going to be tough to move. While he’s an amazing receiver, he’s getting to be closer to the end of his career than the beginning, his contract means you are commiting a lot of money to the WR position, and he’s starting to have real issues keeping his hamstring healthy.

    You’d need to be a team that had both cap space and were only one piece away from a championshp. That’s a rare combination.

    Teams like the Patriots or Colts might have the intersts to do something because he’d really bump them over the top. But, New England might not have the ammo to make a trade and Indy might not have the room on the payroll for both Wayne and Fitzgerald. San Diego might make sense, but San Diego rarely makes personell moves that make sense.

    I’d love to see him in Pittsburgh, but Ben’s contract means we don’t even have the room to sign the players we need to fill glaring holes, let alone sign luxuries.

  6. Straight up for Jared Allen. Strengthen that Defense in Arizona even more and the Vikings have their offense set for next year (after they draft a good QB).

  7. Would love to see him moved to any team with a good QB just for the sake of this guy getting the chance he deserves. Dude has the ability to put up monster numbers.

  8. If I were an NFL player they are two places I would NOT want to go…. Arizona and Oakland. Oddly enough these are the two places that seen to be mentioned most in this thread.

  9. Pats should’ve gone hard after him when he restructured his agreement a few years back. We wouldn’t have lost SB’s to the kid Brother and his miserable band of injury faking hacks…

  10. Can we give you smiling Antonio Brown after crucial drops in the game. We can throw in mike the turnstile Adams and Emmanuel the underachieving Sanders. And we can really spice up the deal and give you your rotten Todd Haley back! How can you say no to that awesome deal?!

  11. The Lions continue to look for a second receiver to play alongside of #1, Calvin Johnson. Why not roll the dice and get a #1B receiver instead. How terrifying would that be: CJ and Fitzgerald on the same team.

  12. I honestly see this as something my beloved Redskins would do. Danny gets his deep pockets back in the offseason this year, and you know how much the Skins like spending money on prime or slightly post prime players. Seeing how Garcon is the only receiver worth mentioning in DC though i’d welcome that risk.

  13. OH how I wish the Lions had the cap room to make a move like this. This is exactly what their offense needs.

  14. touchdownroddywhite says:
    Oct 28, 2013 8:17 AM
    The guy deserves the Steven Jackson treatment. He’s been a stud every year that the QB play has allowed, he’s been a consumate professional, and he deserves to spend some years winning.

    this sums it up nicely.

    fievel03 says:
    Oct 28, 2013 10:43 AM
    OH how I wish the Lions had the cap room to make a move like this. This is exactly what their offense needs.

    you cant have all the toys.

  15. dkgrumpy says:
    Oct 28, 2013 10:10 AM
    The Lions continue to look for a second receiver to play alongside of #1, Calvin Johnson. Why not roll the dice and get a #1B receiver instead. How terrifying would that be: CJ and Fitzgerald on the same team.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Why not?

    -Matthew Stafford
    -Calvin Johnson
    -Ndomikung Suh
    -Nick Fairley

    How would you fit him on the payroll?

  16. Without him the Cards lose their chance to go back to being their traditional 8-8, and will flirt with being 6-10. Trading him will give them a chance at having a SLIGHTLY higher draft pick, which they will promptly waste on a RB made of glass, which is also one of their recent traditions.

  17. Only team this makes sense for is the PATS. Every other team listed on this thread by there fans ether has a crap qb, or doesn’t need a WR because they can score just fine.

    Top teams for Larry that wouldn’t be a punishment for him:

    Pats: elite qb and coach
    Colts: elite qb and go to WR is out
    Chargers: elite qb(yes,, deal with it and I’m not a chargers fan) and chance to keep with Denver in the touchdown tally.
    Steelers: elite qb but already out of the playoffs
    Denver: The Best qb, but probably don’t need him.

    Notice how it’s no one in the NFC, that’s just common sense.

    #Cardsfanssaygivemethosetopdraftpicks
    #GetridofatoppaidplayerhowisnotaQB

  18. wda628 says: Oct 28, 2013 10:57 AM

    Packers! Please (if they can afford him) come to GB!!

    Exactly three (3!) Packers have ever played for another team: Ryan Pickett, John Kuhn and Seneca Wallace. GB is a draft and develop enterprise, almost exclusively. Keep dreaming.

  19. Fitz to the 9ers…WOW! now that would be an unstoppable force reuniting him with Anquan Boldin with Kaep under center, Vernon Davis, Frank Gore, Whitner, Hunter, etc. and the 9ers have the picks and the juice to get it done. He’s still one of the best in the league and the Cards have had their chance and more; Harbaugh is the kind of coach who puts the magic back into the game and inables his players to continue to love playing the game week after week! Whoever gets Larry will also inherit a league of his followers and fans who love him!

  20. dkgrumpy says:
    Oct 28, 2013 10:10 AM

    The Lions continue to look for a second receiver to play alongside of #1, Calvin Johnson. Why not roll the dice and get a #1B receiver instead. How terrifying would that be: CJ and Fitzgerald on the same team.

    ~~~

    This will never happen, because how you could never fit Stafford, Suh, Megatron and Fitzgerald under the cap and still field a team of 60 players.

    But, hypothetically, can you even imagine the two of them on the same field at the same time?? They would look like two gazelles on bull steroids running roughshod over everyone. That wouldn’t even be fair.

    Besides, the Bears probably have the best 1-2 WR combo in the NFC North right now with Marshall and Jeffrey (Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb are studs, too, so I dunno), and I’d like to keep it that way.

  21. Baseball is the strangest sport, in that every offseason, teams always look to move their best players. Now football is becoming the same way.

  22. He would be perfect for Brady but BB and his cheap owner will never pay that kind of money for a receiver. not even close. they like the no names because they don’t cost much. even Moss was paid close to nothing since the Raiders had to pay most of his salary.

  23. I would love to see Fitz with the Niners, but there’s no way the Cards trade him to a rival in the NFC West.

  24. Always love the “he deserves to go to a winner” posts. He does? What, because making $13 million a year sucks? Deserves got nothing to do with it. All these guys get paid. They all take the money, for whatever team offers it. They are all hired guns.

    Just root for your own team, whoever puts on that uniform. Because all these guys will be retired millionaires before age 40, and we will still be working class heroes trying to feed our families and hoping for a victory come Sunday.

  25. Fitzgerald is one great receiver and that is a fact. However the NFL is a business and Arizona probably has first and foremost what is in the best interest of Arizona from a financial standpoint. My not be right but that is the way it is. Fitzgerald would have an immediate impact to any team that has a good quarterback.

  26. According to another major sports network:
    “Cardinals trade wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald to Packers for their 2014 No. 2 draft choice, running back Johnathan Franklin and receiver Jordy Nelson”

  27. Indy should have given a first and more to pair Fitz with Luck for the next five or six years instead of TRich. Brady or Rodgers would be crazy with a receiver like him. Minn of course wants him to come home, but without a QB I don’t see it. Seattle and San Fran would be the best spots but will never happen in the same division. Larry means so much to the NFL and the Cardinals, I just don’t see him being moved. It would take a team willing to take the contract hit AND willing to give the Cardinals a significant bounty. I think he restructures and remains a Cardinal for life.

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