PHOENIX, AZ - ESPN’s Adam Shefter reported Sunday that Cardinals All-Pro receiver Larry Fitzgerald could be traded as early as Tuesday’s (October 29, 2013) NFL Trade deadline.
If not by Tuesday, he will certainly be shopped around this coming off-season.
Here’s a look at Schefter’s first tweet Sunday, “A trade for Cards WR Larry Fitzgerald will be in play this off-season, in likely event a deal not completed before Tuesday’s trade deadline.”
Schefter followed that tweet with another, “Come off-season, Larry Fitzgerald and Cards will be on clock, when some believe a divorce is somewhere between possible and inevitable.”
Apparently, the rumors didn’t seem to bother Larry too much because he followed Schefter’s tweets with a four catch game against the Falcons, finishing with 48 receiving yards and a touchdown. On his final catch of the third quarter, Fitzgerald set an NFL record, becoming the youngest player ever (30 years, 57 days) to record 800 career receptions!
According to Schefter, the problem is twofold, Larry’s age (30) and his salary cap number in 2014 (about 18 million). By trading him, the Cardinals could save as much as $8 million.
Fitzgerald and the Cardinals would either have to agree to a restructured contract or a trade that would allow each side to go its own way, with Larry possibly finishing his career on the roster of a more successful franchise.
After Sunday's win over the Falcons, Larry stepped to the podium and responded to the trade rumors, “I come to work every day and just focus on how I can help the Arizona Cardinals and help my team win,” Fitzgerald said. “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.”
Larry’s been struggling with a left hamstring injury this season but he hopes to get back to 100% with the approaching bye week.
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