Seattle Seahawks Should Consider Trading for Larry Fitzgerald

Dean SiemonAnalyst IIFebruary 3, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 30:  Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals sits on the sidelines before their game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on December 30, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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There have been talks about the needs for the young Seattle Seahawks—a defensive end, some help in the secondary and maybe a wide receiver.

I've read so many articles and columns that have recommended who the Seahawks should go after in the free agent market.

Maybe they won't have to.

Larry Fitzgerald, the top receiver for the Arizona Cardinals, has recently spent some time with quarterback Russell Wilson during the Pro Bowl and even said some nice things about him to the press.

Now, I'm not sure why no one else has pointed this out, but maybe Fitzgerald will demand a trade and force Arizona to look at its options.

Considering that the Cardinals had so much trouble with their entire quarterback roster, they could ask for Seattle to trade Matt Flynn.

It wouldn't be too much of a stretch for Seattle, as fans have talked about trading Flynn for defenders and/or draft picks.

It would make logical sense to use Flynn to get a big time receiver who could help complement a group that includes Sidney Rice, Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin. That would be quite the receiving core if the deal can happen.

And we've seen what Wilson can do with the weapons he already has. It would make the offense even more dangerous to add another deep threat with the effective rushing attack.

Fitzgerald had a bit of a down year this season with 71 receptions for 798 yards and four touchdowns. Last year, he caught 80 passes for 1,411 yards and eight touchdowns.

But the Cardinals might be entering a rebuilding year with new head coach Bruce Arians as the team struggled for any offensive consistency in a 5-11 season.

Arians will have a hard enough time trying to figure out what to do with four quarterbacks that combined for 21 interceptions.

I don't see Fitzgerald wanting to return to that mess.

He could threaten to sit out the entire season until he's moved to another team.

The question becomes whether the Seahawks want to trade their backup and develop younger talent to stand behind Wilson, or if they want to keep their focus on defense only.