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Larry Fitzgerald: 'I want to be on a winner'

Posted on: February 2, 2011 1:33 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Despite a pretty gaudy stat line, Larry Fitzgerald didn't have the greatest of years in 2010. That's mainly the fault of Derek Anderson, Max Hall and John Skelton, but certainly the Cardinals organization deserves some blame for entering the year with that spectacular group of quarterbacks.

But even if you don't want to point fingers towards the past, there will be some questions about the future if Arizona doesn't improve the surroundings for Fitz, who emphasized this week that he very much doesn't want to suffer through another season like last year.

"I want to be on a winner,"Fitzgerald told ESPN's Mike Sando. "I want to put myself in the best position to hoist the Lombardi Trophy. I would love to do that in Arizona. That is my goal, to retire a Cardinal. They have treated me well. I love the state, but I want to win and that is really where my mind is."

But here's the rub: Fitzgerald is going to be a free agent after 2011, and if he's serious about wanting to win in Arizona, he might need to make some concessions in the negotiations.

That seems fairly unlikely to happen, especially considering the way Fitz saw Kurt Warner treated after he attempted to give Arizona a good-faith discount, which means Fitzgerald and his management will be seeking maximum money.

In doing so, even if he only ends up getting fair market value for his considerable skill set, he's inherently hampering the Cardinals' long-term ability to build a winner around him.

They can obviously still compete and pay him at the same time, of course, because it's been done prior to 2010. But wanting to a) get paid, b) play for a winner and c) stay in the same spot is a lot of cake to have and hold all at the same time.

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Comments

Since: Feb 1, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2011 7:18 pm
 

Larry Fitzgerald: 'I want to be on a winner'

The best trade for both teams would be for the Eagles to send Kolb and Maclin to the Cards for Fitz.  Both teams would be better.



Since: Jan 10, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2011 7:17 pm
 

Larry Fitzgerald: 'I want to be on a winner'

I understand that later in the interview he also asked for a six-pack, a Rihanna CD, and some peanut M&Ms.  Geez, is this guy needy or what?




Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2011 7:06 pm
 

Larry Fitzgerald: 'I want to be on a winner'

wiscgc, I hate to tell you between shooting himself in the ass & his jailtime, Plaxico Burress will be a shell of his former self.Probably get cut in preseason & land on a team like Arizona. He'd then play 4 or 5 games, get hurt enough to collect money, then retire.That's right, last year for Plaxico Burress.



Since: Aug 6, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2011 7:05 pm
 

Larry Fitzgerald: 'I want to be on a winner'

Fitz to the Bears. Give Cutler a possesion receiver to throw to, open up Knox and Hester to be the speed receivers. Coupled with their great defense, better than average tight end, and good pass catrching runningback.......might land Martz a head coaching job again.



Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2011 7:04 pm
 

Larry Fitzgerald: 'I want to be on a winner'

Well, he was on a winner at one point. He was on that Cardinals team that lost the Super Bowl to the Steelers! It remains to be seen to see if the Cardinals will turn it around and be a winner again! They have one good thing going for them, they have Ken Wisenhunt as their coach!

If they don't then they should trade him and rebuild that team!

You're right Brady to Fitz would be awesome and the Pats have the firepower to get it done!



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2011 6:58 pm
 

Larry Fitzgerald: 'I want to be on a winner'

ODUCKS---That was both true and funny. 4 nearsuperstars-zero rings



Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2011 6:52 pm
 

Larry Fitzgerald: 'I want to be on a winner'

As a football fan, it's a shame to see a talent like Fitz being wasted away.
Brady to Fitz would be something to behold.   I know Patriots are in good shape salary cap wise so they could afford a big contract guy.
 



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2011 6:46 pm
 

Larry Fitzgerald: 'I want to be on a winner'

Held at Love, he said a winner, but you keep dreaming.



Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2011 6:45 pm
 

Larry Fitzgerald: 'I want to be on a winner'

Mr. Fitzgerald, come to San Francisco.  You will never win anything in Arizona. 



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2011 6:44 pm
 

Larry Fitzgerald: 'I want to be on a winner'

Badger, keep dreaming.Be happy with your 13-10 win this weekend


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