NFL Rumors: Arizona Cardinals Open To Trading Larry Fitzgerald

Brandon SommersCorrespondent IJanuary 28, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 10:  Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals runs with the football after a reception against the New Orleans Saints during the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Saints 30-20.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Per a report from Jeff Howe of NESN, the Arizona Cardinals might be open to trading Larry Fitzgerald if the price is right.

Fitzgerald is entering the last year of his contract and struggles at the quarterback position have likely made Arizona less attractive to him in the long term.

This past season was his worst statistical year since entering the league.

This is almost entirely due to the retirement of Kurt Warner and the Cardinals' inability to find a suitable replacement.

Fitzgerald, who is 27 and will be entering his eighth season in the league, has seen his team go from perennial contenders in the NFC West to last place in the NFL's weakest division.

He has not indicated that he will leave the team after this coming season and the team is not actively shopping him, but common sense would dictate that he would seriously consider leaving if significant progress is not made in the upcoming campaign.

Fitzgerald is one of the most accomplished and consistent players in the league at any position; he's a game-changer.

His weakest statistical campaign consisted of 90 receptions and over 1,100 yards. Any team would be more than happy to have him, but at what price?

It is widely known that the Cleveland Browns have a tremendous need at the wide receiver position. Fitzgerald's numbers eclipsed those of the Browns top two wide receivers combined this past season.

There's been much speculation that the Browns could use their No. 6 pick in the upcoming draft on Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green.

So the question is, should the Browns be interested in trying to acquire Larry Fitzgerald?

The answer is, DUH, of course they should! But would it be worth it?

There has yet to be any real speculation as to what the Cardinals would consider the right price, but you can bet your sweet PSL's it will be a king's ransom.

The Cardinals will almost certainly expect at least a first and a second-round pick in return for Fitzgerald, and I wouldn't doubt that they may ask for two first round picks.

Even if a reasonable deal could be made, the Browns would then have to consider their own ability to then re-sign Fitzgerald at the end of the season.

If a trade were to be made, the Browns would have to have an agreement with Fitzgerald to re-sign as part of the trade and Cleveland would not likely be the most attractive destination for a player accustomed to playing in a high-powered offense in warm weather.

The Browns also have several holes to fill on their roster, making it difficult to part with many early round draft picks.

The Browns are presumably switching to a 4-3 defense and have many players who are ill-suited to the new scheme, but this could also be something that could help get a deal done.

The Cardinals run a 3-4 defense, so perhaps one or more of these players could be packaged with draft picks to acquire Fitzgerald.

The problem is that none of these players are game-changers, so their trade value is relatively low.

Overall, I would say that Tom Heckert would be foolish not to at least make some form of inquiry with the Cardinals regarding Fitzgerald, but it is highly improbable that it will happen.

Here's hoping, right?