The Patriots’ search for wide receiver help continued throughout last season.
But they tried to make a sizable splash to address the problem.
There’s no indication the inquiry was viewed as serious, or progressed very far.
Fitzgerald is 30, and will count $18 million against the salary cap, so it might be worth calling back.
Of course, the Cardinals showed a pulse this year under new coach Bruce Arians, just missing the playoffs at 10-6, so dealing a key part might not be anything they’d consider at all.
At any rate, the fact the speculation had some legs last offseason will make it a topic until the Patriots make a move at the position.