Larry Fitzgerald Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz, Speculation Surrounding Cardinals WR
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, there is a strong possibility that the veteran will be moved in the near future. If a deal doesn’t happen soon, Fitzgerald will become one of the top offseason trade targets.
A trade for Cards WR Larry Fitzgerald will be in play this off-season, in likely event a deal not completed before Tuesday’s trade deadline.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 27, 2013
Schefter adds more details, explaining it's more likely than not that the relationship between the 30-year-old wideout and his longtime franchise will reach a conclusion by the offseason.
Come off-season, Larry Fitzgerald and Cards will be on clock, when some believe a divorce is somewhere between possible and inevitable.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 27, 2013
Bob McManaman of AZCentral.com provides a statement from Larry Fitzgerald discussing recent trade rumors:
Fitzgerald was asked if the trade reports were out of line, and his answer was interesting.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I come to work every day and just focus on how I can help the Arizona Cardinals and help my team win. If they decide to move me, that happens. I have no control over any of that.
“I just focus on what I can do to improve and help my team.”
McManaman also provided a statement from Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians discussing the trade rumors surrounding Fitzgerald:
“Yeah, I don’t know where that came from,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said as he walked through a jubilant locker room following his news conference with reporters. “Seriously, I don’t know what that’s all about. That’s a new one on me.”
Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com followed with a statement from Arizona's General Manager Steve Keim:
“I can tell you two things, and I want to make this clear and simple: I have not had one conversation with another NFL team regarding a trade with Larry Fitzgerald,” Keim said. “Number two, starting with Michael Bidwill on down, it is our intent for Larry Fitzgerald to retire a Cardinal. Period.
“If there is any grey area there, let me know, and we can get that out.”
Larry Fitzgerald is in his 10th season with the club that selected him No. 3 overall in the 2004 draft.
Health hasn’t been an issue throughout his career, as Fitzgerald hasn’t missed a game since the 2007 season. He has dealt with some nagging injuries this season, such as a tweaked hamstring, but nothing has kept him from competing.
The acquisition of veteran quarterback Carson Palmer was supposed to help Fitzgerald reemerge at the top of his game, but so far that hasn’t been the case. Inconsistent offensive line play and a lack of support from the running game has led opposing defenses to key in on the No. 1 option and work relentlessly to shut him down.
Fitzgerald is certainly being compensated handsomely for his efforts, as he signed an eight-year, $120 million extension in August 2011. At the time, he spoke of the possibility of spending the rest of his career in the desert.
He told ESPN, "It is an honor. "I am so fortunate. Not many players have that opportunity but Michael has allowed me that opportunity and I just want to repay him with great effort and winning. That is what is important."
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