If you are going to bet on the Super Bowl at BetUS, for example, there are only two teams from which to choose. For Larry Fitzgerald's purposes, neither the Steelers nor Packers likely are landing spots for Fitz this offseason.
After all, both teams made it here without him this year.
But for the teams not playing in this year’s big game? A player of Fitz’s caliber could catapult a team to the Super Bowl in 2012.
Now that the Cardinals have made it clear that Fitzgerald can be had for the right price, a number of teams may be ringing the Arizona front office.
Five tantalizing candidates:
1. Chicago Bears
As much as Jay Cutler got blamed for the Bears not defending home field in the NFC Championship, the Bears' lack of receiving talent was never more evident. This team needs a playmaker like Fitz—and if there is anyone who can pile up the fantasy stats with a wide receiver, it’s Cutler (see: Marshall, Brandon).
2. St. Louis Rams
The Rams were a win away from hosting a playoff game this season and winning the NFC West, all with rookie quarterback Sam Bradford at the helm nonetheless. This team is trending upward now. Running back Steven Jackson is not getting any younger and could use a player like Fitz to take some of the pressure off his shoulders.
3. New England Patriots
Trading Randy Moss did not make a difference for this team in 2010 because he was not the same Moss as in years past. But it was quite obvious that the Pats missed a vertical threat of his caliber and a receiver who could make the tough catches in the tough spots—like during the playoffs against the Jets.
4. Washington Redskins
It seems the Redskins always are in the discussion when it comes to trades during the offseason, so why not throw them in the mix for Fitzgerald? Donovan McNabb may not be back, so who knows who will takes snaps from center for the 'Skins in 2011? With Fitzgerald, at least the unknown quarterback would have someone to target extensively.
5. Dallas Cowboys
With the rumors swirling a few weeks ago that the Cowboys might trade Dez Bryant, how about this one: Bryant for Fitz? It probably would not work like that exactly, but it could be a win-win for both teams. The Cardinals get an up-and-coming star in Bryant, who looked every bit like the real deal in 2010, and the Cowboys get another celebrity receiver and another reason for ESPN to talk them up as Super Bowl contenders.
Here are today’s great reads:
If you play in a dynasty fantasy football league, chances are good you already started preparing for 2011. So how about some dynasty rankings? Never too early to start talking about the next fantasy football season, IMO. [Fantasy Football Xtreme]
At 48 years old, former NFL back Herschel Walker looks like he is in great shape. Now he wants to make an NFL comeback. Can he do it? Would be one of the most interesting stories off the offseason and during training camp. Somebody should make a TV documentary about Walker’s comeback. [The Big Lead]
One of the bigger storylines of Sunday’s Super Bowl will be the matchup between Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger. Two completely contrasting styles, two highly successful quarterbacks. [Fantasy Knuckleheads]
The argument against field turf: A study found that ACL injuries are far more common on field turf than on regular grass. Hard to imagine NFL teams ripping it out of domes based on this study, though. What’s the alternative? [ProFootballTalk]
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