Larry Fitzgerald’s future will headline the offseason in the NFL. The Arizona Cardinals have yet to ascertain in case a divorce from their franchise wide receiver is necessary as his contract carries a big hit for the upcoming season. Fitzgerald is obviously still a risk on the field despite his age this means their is actually a trade market for him if the Cardinals prefer to go that direction.
Arizona’s offseason started much earlier than they certainly were hoping after they lost to the Carolina Panthers in the wild card round of the NFL. That’s forcing Fitzgerald to take into account his future sooner as opposed to later. The wide receiver admitted he wasn’t ready to take into account ending things.
“The taste of defeat remains the thing I can consider today,” Fitzgerald said, via ESPN.com. “That’s all that’s on my mind. This has been plenty of fun. I enjoy Arizona, love the Cardinals, love the city. This place has been great to play and I couldn’t become more grateful for the chance to live my dream competing in the NFL.”
According to AZCentral.com, the Cardinals and Fitzgerald have had preliminary, but productive talks regarding his contract. The wide receiver is born an $8 million bonus on March 17 while being a $23.6 million cap hit next season. The Cardinals need Fitzgerald to either restructure his contract or have a pay cut, something ESPN is saying he is not so keen on. A trade could possibly be the only selection for both parties to be happy.
Several teams could be very enthusiastic about bringing on Fitzgerald to Organization. The Cleveland Browns are currently looking to incorporate a reliable deep threat to the roster. According to head coach Mike Pettine, the Browns are in a crossroads with Josh Gordon who may find himself released from the team this offseason. The wide receiver suffered several suspensions in the last two seasons and Pettine told the media he is fed up with using the word “potential” when describing Gordon is he is never on the field.
The Minnesota Vikings could possibly be an option. The team is focused on Teddy Bridgewater as their starting quarterback and are aiming to construct an offense around them. Cordarrelle Patterson was said to be his leading receiver, but that has yet to pan out and now the second-year pro is risking release. That will leave the Vikings with Greg Jennings and Charles Johnson. Fitzgerald could be welcomed.
The Cardinals must think quick as it pertains to Fitzgerald. The wide receiver is an expensive asset and the team has other holes to fill and could use that money. While neither wish to admit Fitzgerald’s time is up in Arizona, it is a possibility.