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GM on Fitzgerald trade rumors: We want him to retire a Cardinal

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com


Could Larry Fitzgerald be traded this offseason? (USATSI)
With Tuesday's trade deadline looming, there's plenty of speculation about who could end up where for the second half of the season. One player almost certainly not going anywhere -- for the time being, anyway -- is Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. But ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted Sunday that "a trade for Fitzgerald will be in play this offseason ... when some believe a divorce is somewhere between possible and inevitable."

On Monday, Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said during a radio appearance that "I have not had one conversation regardaring a trade with Larry Fitzgerald," adding: "We have every intent to have Larry Fitzgerald retire as a Cardinal. Period."

Of course, Fitzgerald was asked about the possibility Sunday following the Cards' 27-13 thumping of the Falcons.

“I don't know,” Fitzgerald said, via AZCentral.com's Bob McManaman. “I come to work every day and just focus on how I can help the Arizona Cardinals and help my team win. If they decide to move me, that happens. I have no control over any of that. I just focus on what I can do to improve and help my team.”

And coach Bruce Arians also seemed surprised by the question.

“Yeah, I don't know where that came from,”he said. “Seriously, I don't know what that's all about. That's a new one on me.”

Fitzgerald, Arizona's first-round pick in 2004, remains one of the league's best receivers, although he's been plagued by substandard quarterback play in recent years. That said, his contract could be a huge obstacle; Fiztgerald's cap hit for 2014 is $18 million and it goes up to $21.3 million in 2015.

Still, if teams like 49ers, Patriots, Lions, Ravens and Colts don't land a wideout in the coming days, there could be interest in Fitzgerald once the offseason arrives. And despite Arizona's win Sunday, the organization is in rebuilding mode. Which means they can use all the high-round draft picks they can get.

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