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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 4:14 pm
 

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

If Larry wants to be on a winner he's gotta get out of Arizona---FAST. He's had a great carreer on a team that's been awful,even when they made the playoffs. I say FAST, 'cause lets face it. Fitzgerald has 2 years tops left as a #1 Reciever.After that he'll make a real good role player ala Dion Branch. As Ladoctor said, he'd be a great fit in New England.The Pats are loaded with picks & should consider Fitzgerald.They can even throw in Brandon Merriwether for laughs.



Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2011 4:14 pm
 

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

I am not a Pats fan at all but that seems like where he will end up. They will pay him the money and he would probably settle for less for a chance at the Super Bowl. 



Since: Sep 11, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2011 4:13 pm
 

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

"Please come to Pittsburgh in the morning....."
We have a guy who likes to throw and we'll find a spot for you.



Since: Sep 24, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2011 4:07 pm
 

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

Wait a minute, Larry opposite Megatron, and if Stafford can stop exploding his shoulder, that would be almost too much to take in.  Unfortunately one playoff win in over 50 years is tough to get over.



Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2011 4:05 pm
 

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

Larry, come HOME to Minnesota. When in doubt, just come back home. Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin, Adrian Peterson and.. LARRY FITZGERALD!



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2011 3:57 pm
 

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

Giants have Hakeem Nix
Atlanta have Roddy White

Pats would be a great fit, as much as I hate the Pats



Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2011 3:56 pm
 

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

Hey dummy. Ever watch this thing called the Super Bowl. It's pretty cool, it might catch on one day. If you haven't picked up on the sarcasm yet, this is why. Did you see the drive Eli had in the Super Bowl against the undefeated, unbeatable Patriots. There may have been a little pressure there. I wasn't there, but I'm just guessing. Did you eat a lot of action figures when you were a kid?




Since: Jul 18, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2011 3:55 pm
 

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

Hines Ward is getting a little long in the tooth. Come on home to Pittsburgh Mr. Fitzgerald and play between the same white lines where you made your name in college...



Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2011 3:44 pm
 

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

Maybe he should consider the Giants or Atlanta, both who need a proven big wide receiver. The Giants might have Plaxico and Fitzgerald would make a nice bookend with him, assuming Manning can ever produce under pressure. They have the defense and running game.

Would be nice for the Packers, but not sure who they would have to trade or give up, and besides, they need to be sure at RB first before they do anything else.



Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2011 3:41 pm
 

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

His contract says he can't be traded (without his consent) or franchise tagged, so he's in the driver's seat.  He could force a trade this season to a team of his choosing if he wanted to, since Arizona would otherwise get nothing at the end of the 2011 season.  And they're not going to be any better in 2011.

I imagine he goes.  The only obstacle for him is that there will be a ton of good WRs on the market this year but if a trade price is right, or a team has a ton of draft picks (hello, Patriots), it could work.


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