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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 23, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2011 2:00 pm
 

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

Come to Kansas City and reunite with Todd Haley....Ftiz and DBowe would help make Cassel into the QB he can be.  A few more pieces on the O-Line and a pass rusher and CB, we will be ready for a Super Bowl.  Is that WINNER enough?



Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2011 1:58 pm
 

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

I don't know. He'd look pretty damn fine in a Red, White and Blue Patriots uni.



Since: May 16, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2011 1:38 pm
 

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

They just need to address the QB issue and Larry will be fine in Arizona. Even an average QB will seem like Payton Manning after the 2010 Cardinals QB carousel. If I were Larry I would not want to be traded off this team because they are really just a QB away from competing. Also, being in the NFC West has its advantages getting to the playoffs.



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