With the NFL trade deadline rapidly approaching, rumors have started to swirl across the internet. The craziest such rumor involves All Pro wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. The Arizona Cardinals are said to be open to trading their top pass-catcher, possibly as soon as this upcoming offseason. However, Cardinals’ general manager Steve Keim has come out and refuted the rumors:
“I have not had one conversation regarding a trade with Larry Fitzgerald. We have every intent to have Larry Fitzgerald retire as a Cardinal. Period.”
Cardinals’ fans are hoping like heck that Keim isn’t blowing smoke. I think they would be absolutely crazy to trade Fitzgerald. Sure, he hasn’t been as dominate in recent years, but a lot of that has to do with who’s throwing him the football. It’s no coincidence that this production started to decrease at the same time when Kurt Warner decided to call it a career.
I get the argument for trading the WR. He could land the Cardinals several draft picks and potential build blocks for the future. But the reality is that we’re talking about a 4-4 team that’s still very much alive for the playoffs in 2013. It would be a different story if the Cardinals were headed for another season like 2012, but they’re not. There’s clearly still a lot of work to be done in the desert, but Bruce Arians has this team pointed in the right direction.
Unless the Cardinals absolutely tank in the second half of season, I’d say there’s next-to-no chance that Fitzgerald gets dealt in the offseason.