Tag:Larry Fitzgerald
Posted on: February 6, 2011 12:56 pm
 

Report: Fitz gave Cards a list of QBs he wants

Posted by Will Brinson

Larry Fitzgerald is heading into the final year of his contract and he's made it clear that he wants to stay in Arizona. If they give him a lot of money. And if they get him a quarterback who will help the team win.

He's reportedly gotten even more specific, too, naming Kevin Kolb and Marc Bulger as guys he wants in Phoenix, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Kolb is apparently Fitz' top choice, but the most glaring part of the report is the lack of Derek Anderson, Max Hall, John Skelton and Donovan McNabb on the list.

McNabb should be one of the top free agent quarterbacks on the market, despite his age and poor 2010 performance, but the Cardinals aren't a team that's been considered likely to show any interest in him, should the Redskins end up not picking up his option.

Kolb's a nice target, but the problem is the Eagles will probably want a first-round draft pick in exchange for their talented backup signal caller. (Which would mean if the Cards give Fitzgerald everything he wants, they're going to severely hamper themselves long-term.)

Bulger's a much more realistic target, obviously, because he's simply the backup in Baltimore.

Either way, though, the Cardinals would be heavily catering to a single player's demands and still leaving themselves open to a nightmare situation if either Bulger (he is old) or Kolb (he is still somewhat unproven) didn't work out in 2011.

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Posted on: February 2, 2011 1:33 pm
 

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

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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Posted on: January 24, 2011 12:23 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2011 1:20 pm
 

Pro Bowl replacements for SB players announced

Posted by Andy Benoit

Last season the NFL decided to move the Pro Bowl from the week after the Super Bowl to the week before the Super Bowl. The idea was to take the utterly irrelevant All-Star event and make it just regularly irrelevant. It’s been an alright ploy, though a consequence is players from the competing Super Bowl teams cannot compete.

Thus, the league had to replace all of the Steeler and Packer players on the roster. So who did they tap?
 
For the Packers:

CB Tramon Williams replaced by Antoine Winfield

CB Charles Woodson replaced by Brent Grimes

FS Nick Collins replaced by Roman Harper

OLB Clay Matthews replaced by Brian Orakpo

WR Greg Jennings replaced by Larry Fitzgerald

LT Chad Clifton replaced by Donald Penn


For the Steelers:

OLB James Harrison replaced by Tamba Hali

S Troy Polamalu replaced by Eric Berry

C Maurkice Pouncey replaced by Jeff Saturday

DE Brett Keisel replaced by Randy Starks

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Posted on: January 9, 2011 1:18 pm
Edited on: January 9, 2011 7:45 pm
 

Report: Fitz, Cards talking extension

Posted by Will Brinson

Larry Fitzgerald had an, um, interesting year. Consistently one of the top receivers in the NFL, Fitzgerald still finished with 90 catches and 1,137 yards, but finished with less than 10 touchdowns for the first time since 2006.

He appeared consistently frustrated by the fact that the poo-poo platter of Max Hall, Derek Anderson and John Skelton didn't make his job any easier. Despite that frustration, Chris Mortensen reports that the Cardinals and Fitzgerald have begun preliminary discussions on a contract extension for the all-world wide receiver.

Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic adds that two sources confirm the negotiations and also makes the salient point that under Fitz' current contract he can neither be traded nor franchised.

At the moment, Fitzgerald's got one year left on his four-year, $40 million deal that was signed in 2008. Arizona obviously doesn't want him playing anywhere else and there's a good chance you'll see a large amount of money exchange hands when Fitzgerald signs a new contract.

However, the frustration with his quarterback situation could play into the contract negotiations as well. It seems unlikely that Fitzy would sign a long-term deal unless there's some sort of guarantee and/or good-faith measure that the team will get a talented quarterback for the long-term future.

Anderson's as good as gone. And the Skelton/Hall combo showed a lot of potential, but there's no certainty that they can help the Cardinals compete immediately in the way a veteran (like, say, Donovan McNabb?) would.

Obviously Fitzgerald is going to make sure he gets paid, but don't be surprised to see him make sure he's got accurate footballs headed his way too.

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Posted on: December 30, 2010 11:45 pm
 

Fitzgerald is 'fine,' won't take concussion test

Posted by Will Brinson

Earlier today, there was a lot of discussion about Larry Fitzgerald's experience in the waning moments of the Cardinals game against the Cowboys on Saturday.

Fitzgerald said he couldn't "remember much" about the game. More precisely, the end of the game, after Fitzy took a nasty shot but remained in the game. There's plenty of room for speculation about the wide receiver remaining in the game, but as Andy pointed out, it would have been hard to notice from the sidelines.

It's puzzling, though, that Fitzgerald won't undergo further medical evaluation; Darren Urban of the Cards' official site reports that the wideout is "fine" and won't be subject to a concussion test this week.

This isn't exactly a situation in which the Cardinals are heavily concerned with winning in Week 17 either, so it stands to reason that if Fitzgerald wasn't actually healthy and "fine," Arizona would make sure to run him through a medical examination.

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Posted on: December 30, 2010 12:09 pm
 

Fitzgerald doesn't remember most of Cowboys game

Posted by Andy Benoit

In the closing minutes of Arizona’s improbable win against the Cowboys, wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald tooL. Fitzgerald (US Presswire)k a nasty shot (he got his bell rung). Anyone watching the game could see Fitzgerald blinking repeatedly and trying to get his bearings.

The star stayed in the game, however, and, sure enough, caught a chains-moving pass on fourth-and-15. He was in a fog at that moment, which is why rookie Andre Roberts told him the play after the Cardinals broke their huddle.

"I don't remember much of that game to be honest with you," Fitzgerald told Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic. "The play before I took a shot and I was a little bit out of it. I knew I had to run up the seam, saw the ball and knew I had to make a play."

It’s easy to ask leading questions like, “Are NFL teams only worried about concussions when the game is NOT on the line?” But it’s hard to blame the Cardinals for not taking Fitzgerald out of the game in this instance. Arizona was out of timeouts and priming to run a crucial fourth down play. And Fitzgerald did not stay on the ground or take himself out of the game. Because of close-up camera shots, viewers watching at home could see that the wideout was looking foggy. But if Fitzgerald is making his way back to the huddle, it’s not easy for people on the sidelines to see that (especially given the intensity of the situation).

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Posted on: December 26, 2010 9:50 am
 

Kudos to Larry Fitzgerald

L. Fitzgerald made only one catch in Arizona's win vs. Dallas (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You know what amazed me most Saturday night about Larry Fitzgerald? The fact that, after the Cardinals had pulled off their 27-26, last-minute victory against the Cowboys, Fitzgerald ran off the field to the locker room, and he had a huge smile on his face.

He was gesturing to somebody in the stands – or across the field, I suppose – and he looked joyous in his team’s win. Not that big a deal, right? Well, then, you don’t know many elite receivers.

With the exception of a 26-yard reception across the middle of the field on a fourth-and-15 on what would be the game-winning drive (as seen in the photo on the right), Fitzgerald played no role in Arizona’s offense. Hell, rookie QB John Skelton barely even looked his way.

Which is insane. Fitzgerald is one of the best receivers in the game, but it seems like, at times, he’s been an afterthought this season with the Cardinals. He’s caught 79 passes this season for 1,012 yards and five touchdowns – numbers that are not Fitzgerald-like – while taking passes from three different QBs, including two rookie QBs (Skelton and Max Hall). Fitzgerald probably wistfully longs for Kurt Warner, but those days are gone. And his team is 5-10 and will not sniff the postseason.

But there was that smile as he ran off the field. You think there are many top-flight receivers in the game who would be so joyful after basically being ignored all game? Not many who would take it as well as Fitzgerald.

“You could just tell," Cardinals quarterback John Skelton told reporters, including the Arizona Republic. "He was getting pretty frustrated. You see the guy, been around him, you know. But he didn't get down on himself or the team."

Before Saturday, Fitzgerald had caught at least two passes in 97-straight games. That streak is over (though now he’s caught at least one pass in 98-straight games (though that's not quite as impressive, is it?)).

“If you would have caught me about four years ago, I might have been pouting on the sidelines," Fitzgerald said. "There just (weren't) many opportunities today. It goes like that sometimes. But you have to stay encouraged, you have to fight. That's part of being a professional."

His teammates – and Cardinals fans – should appreciate that. That trait isn't always present in wide receivers of his quality.

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