Report: Fitzgerald could be traded after 2013 season

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One name that hasn’t surfaced as a possible trade candidate in advance of Tuesday’s deadline is Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

Correction:  Hadn’t.

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.

40 responses to “Report: Fitzgerald could be traded after 2013 season

  1. Fitzgerald is one of my favorite receivers and has been for a while. Would love to see him on the Vikings, but not if he’s coming with an 8 figure cap hit. If we had a quarterback, I wouldn’t care about what the cap hit might do to the Vikings ability to eventually field a defense — but that’s not the case. With the Vikings coaching we could probably make Aaron Rodgers look like a poor quarterback, on top of that.

  2. It’s a bummer that this guy’s had to languish in Arizona the way he has. He was as dominant as receiver as the league had seen when he actually had a QB that could throw a forward pass. That Super Bowl run he had was something to behold.

  3. His name isn’t what it used to be. He might be worth a second round pick at most. Teams that have everything he wants in order to be successful again don’t have first round picks to spare on a receiver on the wrong age of 30.

  4. Interesting that two teams that might really want a WR, Seattle and SF, probably don’t have a chance in hell bcause they’re division rivals.

    I’d bet New England.

  5. I think you’d be hard pressed to find a team willing to take those cap numbers for a guy who is on the wrong side of 30 and been battling injuries the last few years…plus his production isn’t what it used to be (granted, he hasn’t had very good QBs so if he went somewhere with one that makes my argument moot if he produces).

  6. I would trade him to the 49’ers. Fitz and Boldin make a good tandem… For every pick in rounds 1-4 in 2014 Which in 2014 is more than 4 picks BTW… But you have high probability of being in the SB this year rather than one and done in the playoffs without him.

    Brady to Fitz works too. Two first rounder’s from Belicheat works

  7. Love to see him in a Pats uni but the contract is probably a bit too rich for what they’ll pay.

  8. Bill Belichick slowly raised his hoodie over his head, rubbed his hands together, and with an evil glint in his eyes said “Brady to Fitzgerald. Brady to Fitzgerald. My precious. My precious!!” He then laughed maniacially.

  9. He ll take a paycut to go to Minnesota..he s from there. Plus Gruden is going there,Rivers is going there..and every other big name free agent wants to go there. ………..Unicorns r real

  10. He needs to come to the Colts. Best young QB in the league, better locker room environment, best owner and front office personal. Plus, could you imagine Fitz on one side Hilton on the the other and Reggie running slot. Oh the possibilities.

  11. Larry took money over rings. That’s his decision and he will be able to provide for himself and future Fitzgerald’s. I don’t feel bad for him spending his time in AZ, I just wish we had a QB to throw to him.

  12. Jets will have a ton of cap space the need for a big time receiver. Makes a lot of sense as long as they don’t give up too much

  13. lightcleric says:
    Oct 27, 2013 1:23 PM
    Interesting that two teams that might really want a WR, Seattle and SF, probably don’t have a chance in hell bcause they’re division rivals.

    They are the best fit, because of the low QB cap number. Nobody with a $100M QB is going to be able to take on Fitz’s cap hit,

  14. He had his chance to leave after 2011-2012 season. He couldn’t be franchised.

    Instead chased the money following a 5-11 2010 season. They weren’t even close in their loses either to think it was going to turn around. They lost by an average of 17 points.

  15. Fitz and Gonzalez are two of the best in the NFL, quality players, respected by their peers and the league, loved by the fans…and both without a ring.
    Would love to see them on the same team in the SB and could see Ryan to Fitzgerald OR, closer to home
    and still in the sunny southwest, Rivers to Fitzgerald, reuniting him with his former coach Ken Whisenhunt. Given his cap number the 9ers or Seahawks, or Colts would probably make the most sense since they have elite QBs still on rookie wages. Fitz has given his heart and soul to the Cards and now they want to renege on his deal…he’s obviously got too much class for that organization and can do better!

  16. Ya’ll are forgetting something: 1st round draft picks don’t mean anything if it means Levi Brown instead of AP. Why take a chance on garbage when you have silver, if not gold already in the bank?

  17. pudgalvin says: It’s a bummer that this guy’s had to languish in Arizona the way he has…

    Hard to feel sorry for a guy who’s played in a Super Bowl and living in Arizona making $15 million/year (on average). All great players can’t win every season.

  18. Yeah and the sky COULD fall,which one is more likely.

    LoL Shehawks fan every WR you have is a 3rd WR on every other team.

  19. The Chiefs could use a little offense. They have the D, but I’m not sure the offense will get them over the hump. I hope they don’t though, because I’m not a KC fan.

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