NFL Rumors: Larry Fitzgerald to the Minnesota Vikings?

Josh McCainSenior Writer IAugust 5, 2011

FLAGSTAFF, AZ - JULY 30:  Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals signs autographs for fans following the team training camp at Northern Arizona University on July 30, 2011 in Flagstaff, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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File this one under the far-fetched but not out of the realm of possibility. is reporting on an interview that Larry Fitzgerald Sr. gave with ESPN Radio in Los Angeles.

Fitzgerald Sr. was asked about the possibility of his son returning home to play for the Minnesota Vikings at the conclusion of this season.

Sr. had this to say.

“No.  The Vikings are clearing cap space, I have heard that, but Larry has to make that decision.  This is his life and he has always wanted to be a Viking because he is a Viking. He was a ball boy and that type of thing.  He loves playing in Arizona, he’s valued in that community, and he’s a Cardinal.”

Larry Fitzgerald Jr., like many of us, dreamed of playing for his home town team.  For him that team happens to be the Minnesota Vikings.

Later in the interview Fitzgerald Sr. professed that the Cardinals would probably have to royally screw up a deal with his son in order to lose him because his son is loyal to the Cardinals.

One thing is for sure about Fitzgerald Jr. and that is he is a breath of fresh are when it comes to the wide receiver position. 

He's not loud and obnoxious, he's not yelling at his quarterback on the sidelines for more passes.

No, he just goes out on every play and gives it his all. 

I don't know him personally but the way he carries himself during interviews and while speaking with fans and media show a guy who would be loyal to the team that drafted him.

So I tend to lean the way his father is and believe that the Cardinals would really have to make a mess of things in order not to re-sign him.

With that said, Fitzgerald has said numerous times that he still roots for his hometown team whenever their games have no implications on the Cardinals' future, so him going home to play football wouldn't surprise me.

Circling back to the article written at ProFootballTalk, Florio writes at the conclusion of the article that the Cards should hurry up and extend Fitzgerald's contract now or trade him to the Vikings so they at least get something for him.

I'm going to have to disagree with Florio there.

If the Cards can't work something out with Fitzgerald now or before the trade deadline they still shouldn't deal him because of what they gave up to grab Kevin Kolb. 

Without their top-flight receiver the Cardinals will have wasted that trade.

What the Cardinals need to do is just keep working on a deal with Fitzgerald all the way up to the expiration of his current contract.

A good wide receiver is a dime a dozen in the NFL but receivers with Fitzgerald's skill set and mentality are few and far between. 

If the Cards want to get back to the Super Bowl in the near future, Fitzgerald needs to be on their roster.


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