Larry Fitzgerald recruiting Kirk Cousins to Arizona

Kirk Cousins on Instagram

Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald doesn’t have much time left in his NFL career, and what time he has he wants to spend catching passes from a good quarterback. And so Fitzgerald is recruiting Kirk Cousins to Arizona.

Cousins posted on Instagram a picture of himself and Fitzgerald, with a message that Fitzgerald has been recruiting him.

“Ran into Fitz in the airport yesterday. He’s a GREAT recruiter!” Cousins wrote.

Cousins ending up in Arizona seems like a long shot, as the Cardinals have less salary cap space than other quarterback-needy teams. But Cousins has indicated that his decision will have to do with more than just money, and he’ll be looking for the right fit. Perhaps Fitzgerald can convince him that Arizona is the place to be.

41 responses to “Larry Fitzgerald recruiting Kirk Cousins to Arizona

  1. That’s a rough division to walk into. Mind you the Cardinals do still have a good defense and on offense he’d have one of the best RBs in the game right now in David Johnson and a solid O-line, but receiver and tight end are question marks and they have a first time HC so it’s new playbooks on both sides which will result in a lot of growing pains. All power to Fitz if he can pull the recruitment off.

  2. Arizona is a sinking ship coming apart at the seams. If Cousins goes there, he’ll regret it. If he wants to compete for Super Bowls, he should go to Minnesota.

  3. I don’t think he’s gonna break the bank on a deal like others seem to believe. Yes the Jets, Browns or Broncos can pay more, but can anyone honestly say they’re better teams to win now than Arizona is? Cousins will still get paid but I would be surprised if he takes a more backloaded deal to come play in Arizona. I also think he will end up signing quicker than most free agents once he’s able to. That way he gives the team more time to add more pieces around him. I’ve said to others I know that I think the QB landing spots shake out like this:

    Cousins – Arizona
    Bridgewater – Jets
    Keenum – Vikings
    Bradford – Broncos

    And the Browns end up drafting their quarterback rather than risking investing all that money in guys that could go either way in terms of success or not.

    Bonus points, after 3 years Mason Rudolph will end up being the best quarterback in the draft. Rosen and Mayfield end up being busts, and Allen ends up as an above average QB or very good backup.

  4. Makes sense for Cousins. Phoenix is a great place to golf on those sunday afternoons in January

  5. I guess he is believing the hype. Funny. He had better go back and take a closer look at that cubic zirconia. 4-19 against teams with a winning record. That is horrible.

  6. .
    Once the game of QB musical chairs stops, the Cardinals will have a replacement for Carson Palmer whose time was clearly up. Whoever it is, they’ll be in a highly competitive NFC West whose other QBs are Wilson, Garopollo and Goff.

    Cards GM, Steve Keim, got hoodwinked last year when he stood pat at pick #13 while KC (Mahomes) and Houston (Deshaun Watson) traded into #10 and #12. Arizona ended up with LB Hassan Riddick, who contributed 36 tackles and 2.5 sacks while playing in all 16 games. It’s unlikely that Keim allows that to happen again. If the Cardinals like a certain QB in the draft, don’t be surprised if they pursue him vigorously, even at an exorbitant cost.
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  7. Larry Fitz should have jumped ship to New England 10 years ago…

    If Randy Moss taught us anything, it’s that Tom Brady deserved an A+ receiver his entire career that he never got… He made household names out of guys named Brown, Welker & Edelman, but I’m talking about a superstar… Larry Fitz, Moss, Megatron…

    Moss arrived WAAAAYYY past his prime and clearly angry with the NFL, and still broke the all time WR TD record. The next year Brady blew his ACL and Moss loses another year of time with a scrub. By then he could see his years were winding down and he became disgruntled for the contract that wouldn’t come and forced his way out of town in a fiery mess. To this day he openly praised TB & BB and exclaims his love for that team; he knows he messed up.

    Fitz is equally talented but doesn’t have a quality QB. You don’t like Brady, fine. What’s wrong with Brees or Rodgers or Manning when he played. This guy is loyal I’ll give him that, but he easily could have surpassed Rice if he got with one of the big guns as soon as possible.

  8. Fitz, you deserve so much better. Don’t believe the hype. Done the in-depth research and this guy is fools gold. 4-19 record against teams with a winning record. Think about what that actually means for a while. Just take a minute…

    He is a regular season QB. He balls out against teams with an average to bad record. 4-19 record against teams with a winning record. 1-5 in the division this year. A point differential of -46 this year. Highest point differential is 13, with a 9 in his other year playing. Point differential is a huge indicator of who wins the division and makes a run at the SB! This years two teams both had a point differential of 162!!!! With all those yards this guy has never even cracked 400 in scoring. I mean Blake Bortles scored 417 points this season!!! Cousins 342 !!! With all those yards-cause they are meaningless between the 20’s.

    He posted this cause he knew it would perhaps drive his price up and keep his name in the press. He is calculating. He could have posted the picture about the airport. But notice how he added the caption-Fitz is a great recruiter! This guy is such a self serving person. I have seen enough of him over the years with this skins.

  9. Kirk cousins is a CAREER 4-19 against teams with a winning record.  Hmmmm.  Get in line and back the brinks truck up for THAT!!!  What a case of the Emperors New Clothes.  A lot of people enamored with those 4000 yard season.  But how exactly did he get those yards.  The results are in:  On teams with a average to very bad record.   His point differential this year is -46, the SB teams had a point differential of 162 each.  Cousins best season 9-7.  This guy has never even gotten the team to a double digit winning season!  Hmmm.    He led the team to 342 points this season, Blake Bortles, 415!    All. the skins have are a bunch of excuses trying to explain the failure.  Do you want some of that?

  10. Everyone knows he is going to Minnesota,it is where HE WANTS to go.. With that D and now that Minnesota has the Eagles key to beating them with their new OC.. All they need is an elite QB..

  11. You knucklehead Viking fans who continuously blather that he should come home to Minnesota, Cards are “falling apart at the seams”, “division is too tough”, blah blah blah.. need to get a clue. Larry has made it abundantly clear that he will finish his career in Arizona. About a dozen times. He’s not going anywhere And as for the Cards being some sort of dumpster fire, that’s a joke too. They managed to win 8 games last year after losing their star RB in Week 1, and their QB shortly afterwards. That’s no small feat. They are still loaded on D, and while they do have holes on offense. landing a QB will go a long ways towards righting the ship. Teams can be turned around VERY quickly in the NFL – the Niners did it mid-season. Stop fantasizing about Larry coming home, because it ain’t happening. Just enjoy his play while we still have him, he’s truly one of the all-time greats, both on and OFF the field, something that’s too rare nowadays.

  12. Why would Cousins want to go to Arizona? Fitz has been talking about retiring for the last 2-years and had to be coaxed back. So let’s say Cousins signs his long term deal with Arizona and in a year, two at most, Fitz is retired and Cousins looks up and realizes he doesn’t have any receivers to throw to and starts wondering to himself, “Why the Eff did I come here again?”

  13. Arizona has 21.5 in cap space. Vikings 48.4. Arizona is already at a big disadvantage here. A lot or deal restructuring, lose free agents, can’t get many free agents other than Cousins. Their team probably will weaken because of all they have to do to get Cousins. Their 2017 record was 8-8. The Vikings record was 13-3, went to the NFCC. Of course, they had a horrible game. But the regular was great as they were the #2 seed in the playoffs. All in all, the Vikings are in a much better position. Arizona has to be careful what they wish for as they might just get it. The same argument goes for Denver. They have only 23 million cap money to spend. Won’t even get into the Jets and Browns.Actually, it might be a blessing in disguise if the Vikings don’t sign him and Arizona does. You don’t want one player eating a lot of cap money getting injured and out for a whole year.

  14. I could see if Kirk Cousins was an RB or WR an accrued all those yards, but Kirk played on a play that played from behind and couldn’t run the football to save their life. This QB’s record against winning teams is a joke, we are talking about a QB who over the last two season as 15-16-1 record, a QB who has choked in every meaningful football game he has ever played. So, yes he worth breaking your salary cap!

  15. Cousins was a 4th round draft pick. He’s not Tom Brady. He’s not John Elway. He’s just an average QB. I’m sure the Cards can find their own guy in the draft. Obviously, Fitz isn’t going to play forever, so he probably doesn’t look forward to a young QB coming in and going through a couple years of growing pains. Dak Prescott did pretty good in his rookie year. By golly he was also a 4th round pick too. Wentz didn’t take long to get going. Don’t break the bank for Cousins. They have a new coach coming in, and it would be unfortunate to put him in cap trouble before he ever coaches his first game.

  16. 6250claimer says:
    March 3, 2018 at 9:35 am
    You knucklehead Viking fans who continuously blather that he should come home to Minnesota, Cards are “falling apart at the seams”, “division is too tough”, blah blah blah.. need to get a clue. Larry has made it abundantly clear that he will finish his career in Arizona. About a dozen times. He’s not going anywhere And as for the Cards being some sort of dumpster fire, that’s a joke too. They managed to win 8 games last year after losing their star RB in Week 1, and their QB shortly afterwards. That’s no small feat. They are still loaded on D, and while they do have holes on offense. landing a QB will go a long ways towards righting the ship. Teams can be turned around VERY quickly in the NFL – the Niners did it mid-season. Stop fantasizing about Larry coming home, because it ain’t happening. Just enjoy his play while we still have him, he’s truly one of the all-time greats, both on and OFF the field, something that’s too rare nowadays.

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    I’m not a Vikings fan, but I might have noticed a couple things you left out. The Cards did lose their RB early, and the Vikings lost their stud RB Dalvin Cook early too. The Cards did lose their QB, but the Vikings lost their starter and their backup QB’s and had to go with free agent Keenum. So the Cards had a rough year, but you might be able to find a better shoulder to cry on than a knucklehead Vikings’ fan’s shoulder. I do agree 100% with everything you said about Larry Fitz. Plus, he’s the kind of competitor that would rather turn his team around, than jump on the easy ride of a team that’s already winning.

  17. I’m sure Cousins knows that Fitz is most likely retiring after next season. So why would he want to sign in Arizona knowing he will be in the same predictiment that he has been in, in Washington?

    Cousins best chance at winning is Minnesota. They are stacked on offense and defense, and can pay him. With that said, I don’t want Cousins on the Vikings if it means having to let guys like Barr, Kendricks, Diggs, and Hunter walk in free agency.

  18. To add to my earlier point, the Cardinals and their fans are delusional if they think Cousins/Fitz is the key to a sure-fire SB victory this year. At some point you have to wish the good guys luck and set them free for better pastures.

    As a Boston Bruins fan, I was angry the team could never get their stuff together and get Ray Bourque a ring. He played for 20 years on a team that was always in the playoffs but just couldn’t get it done…..20 years!!! The Bruins ended up trading him mid year to the Colorado Avalanche and wouldn’t you know, Bourque got to lift Lord Stanley’s cup the his very first full year with his new team.

    Bruins nation was ecstatic for him! Finally a win for an all around good guy and hard worker….

    It’s time for Arizona to move on from Fitz and let another team take him the rest of the way…the guy quietly has played his heart out and deserves a ring for all his efforts. You’ve wasted too many of his years and now that he’s down to his last couple, let the man go get one…

  19. I don’t believe this for a second and would guess that this is more hyperbole being spun by the Cardinal front office. Did Fitz run into Cousins in the airport, possible. Did he joke with him about coming to Arizona, possible. Did they talk golf, probable. Did Fitz make an attempt to “recruit” Cousins seriously, highly unlikely, as he knows very well that the Cards won’t pay what Cousins deserves or wants, and the last time he got dragged into endorsing the Organization with a QB recruit, it ended badly (Kevin Kolb). Steve Keim was head of scouting for that little misadventure.
    As a long suffering Cards fan, I have learned through the years that this organization does a lot of big talking that rarely materializes into anything of substance.

  20. And the blatant tampering continues. Isn’t there a no tampering rule in place? It either is a rule or it’s not. If either the Broncos, Browns and now the Cardinals sign Kirk Cousins there should be a penalty assessed. All 3 teams deserve penalties for tampering.

  21. The problem with the Vikings plan to acquire Cousins is Aaron Rodgers. The Vikings will not sniff the playoffs if this guy is out there playing. The Championship game vs the Eagles showed the Vikings for what they really are – an All face no substance showboat.

  22. Cousins is not the second coming. If Arizona wants him, fine. Minnesota is the favorite. But, committing that much money to get him, do you want to risk losing some of your key players? He is only somewhat better than Keenum. Brady, he’s not.

  23. Fitz needs to stay in the NFL in some form…playing, coaching, scouting, recruiting, heck as Commish…until he’s 90. What a guy.

  24. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    March 3, 2018 at 10:20 am
    I’m sure Cousins knows that Fitz is most likely retiring after next season. So why would he want to sign in Arizona knowing he will be in the same predictiment that he has been in, in Washington?

    Cousins best chance at winning is Minnesota. They are stacked on offense and defense, and can pay him. With that said, I don’t want Cousins on the Vikings if it means having to let guys like Barr, Kendricks, Diggs, and Hunter walk in free agency.
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    Rob Brzenzinski is a cap guru that’s why the Vikings have the cash to pay for a QB. They can front load Cousins contract so it won’t hurt too bad down the road. The Vikings always seam to have cash on hand every year for filling holes and this just happens to be a big hole. The cap keeps going up almost every year so I’m not worried.

  25. Looks like a ton of posters on this article are in gaga mode over Cousins. Over-hyped is more like it. There is nothing worse than to spend a boatload of money to a QB that is to be your franchise QB, then find out he is not a franchise QB, isn’t that right Joe Flacco? Where is the money to pay your other key players. There are 53 players on a NFL roster, not 1 overpriced one.

  26. Larry needs to stop recruiting other players to a dumpster franchise. His decision to suffer playing for a team like that, dont bring other players down with him #overrated #moneytalks

  27. I think many of you are missing an important piece to why Cousins WILL NOT sign with Arizona. The two men that helped build Cousins are head coaches in that division. Shanahan and McVay know every strength and weakness Cousins has. Cousins will not only get more $$$ elsewhere but also a better chance to succeed. It is down to Min and Denver. NYJ is just there to prop up the cost.

  28. Ahh, the Vikings. They’re on their third offensive coordinator in as many years. As much as they hate to admit it, they are effectively in the same situation as the Cardinals, with some more cap space – no QB, a top 10 defense, a nice stadium, a good RB coming back from injury. The Cardinals have a HOF wide receiver to play with, whereas the Vikes have two good WRs. And don’t forget, the Cardinals will clear up $10+ million more cap space by releasing a few overweight contracts like Mike Iupati, which when added to their existing $23 million of cap space puts them well over $30 million. With the right QB, who’s to say that Fitz doesn’t play 3-5 more years?

    Oh, and Fitz has said 10+ times he is NEVER going to Minnesota, so you Vikings fans might want to cut back on those tide pods.

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