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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: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2011 6:42 pm
 

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

Go Blues.....I'm sure Fitzgerald is just dying to go to the Rams as there "missing piece" GB, he said he wanted to go to a winner.The Rams are worse than the Cardinals.(Still Sting when you hear that name?) Stick with Hockey because one day Hockey just might be considered a real sport.Something like--MLB,NFL,MMA,NBA,NCAA, & then maybe Hockey although Lacross is much more exciting.
Larry Fitzgerald, come to New England & win a SB.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2011 6:30 pm
 

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

A lot of what you say makes sense.OK, a little.He's not a blue collar worker.He's an elite reciever in the NFL.Probably a HOF.He wants to play for a winner, maybe get a ring & he dams sure aint gonna get it in Arizona.He's got at least 2 years before he begins to slide & he wants to make the best of it.1stBall, you'd do the same thing & so would most of us.




Since: Apr 19, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2011 6:22 pm
 

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

Viking fans crack me up making a brilliant comment like that. I think Fitz said in the article he wants to play for a winner.  Vikings finish behind Detroit next year, so no one views the Viking organization as a winner.  The true metaphor occured when the Metrodome collapsed on how the Viking season disintegrated.
Being a Packer fan, I'd love to stomp Brett a couple more times, just don't see it.  Watch a real winner this weekend when the Packers bring home the Lombardi..  



Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2011 6:22 pm
 

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

He would be the missing piece in St. Louis.  While the Rams are not "winners" yet, they could take a big step in that direction if they were to acquire Fitzgerald.  One thing is clear - the division is there for the taking.  Getting a WR of his caliber could make the Rams the division favorites for several years to come, a near guaranteed playoff spot.   And once you get in, anything can happen.



Since: Aug 4, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2011 6:17 pm
 

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

Ahhh, he said he want's to play for a "WINNER". LOL! Bring Favre back. OHHHH please do!



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2011 6:16 pm
 

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

Larry I don't blame u 1 bit.  After last yr the Cards let go alot of good people they should have kept to compete but they let people walk or didn't want to spend the cash.  I understand your love for AZ and want to win there but it's not goin to happen esp with no QB and a pathetic running game.  Not mention a TE, an O-line and many holes on D but that's besides the point lol.  Need to much help that i don't even think Daniel Snyder would have the money to make they a legit contender.  Larry I'd love to have u in ATL although we have to many issues as is and just a WR won't help.  I know you will find your right spot to win, just need someone to throw u the ball!  Love watching you play and I hope you make it back to a superbowl soon.



Since: Apr 9, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2011 6:09 pm
 

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

I am sure Favre would reconsider if Larry decided to come home. Rice, Fitz, AP and Percy would be nasty. We don't need a tight end and the Vikings could just put another offensive lineman next to the shadow of McKinnie.  Zygi needs to make a call.



Since: Mar 13, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2011 6:01 pm
 

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

Larry, come home! Vince Young certainly could use a change of scenery, but what if we can get Hasselbeck instead?



Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2011 5:53 pm
 

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

I don't remember Jackson and Young being Vikings?  Enlighten me idiot. Oh and I also remember losing in the NFC championship game last year with Favre?  Seems like he had his best season ever as a Viking??  Go ahead give us that list that goes on and on.  You must be a Bear or Packer fan. Pathetic poor azz idiot.



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2011 5:49 pm
 

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

Larry wants to be a winner. Good for him. All he has to do is agree to take less money. If he stays with the Cards, they can use the cash to lure talent to Arizona. If Larry opts out of Arizona - less money makes him more affordable for other teams and he can pick and choose the 'winner' from the other NFL teams he wants to play for. Put less money where your mouth is Larry and your wish may come true.


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