Cardinals Want to Keep Larry Fitzgerald in 2015
Larry Fitzgerald has played for one team throughout his entire 11-year NFL playing career. The Arizona Cardinals hope to keep it that way.
Per AZCardinals.com, head coach Bruce Arians has called his veteran wide receiver the “ultimate team player” and claims the team “desperately” wants to keep him through the 2015 season.
Whether or not Fitzgerald feels the same way at this point or whether or not it will actually happen, of course, are both up for debate.
Going into his age 32 season in 2015, Fitzgerald is naturally in the winding down portion of his illustrious career, and it would make sense that he would want to end his playing days with a shot at a Super Bowl. Arizona just might have that with a gritty defense and a healthy Carson Palmer, but if Fitzgerald also desires money and a key role in the offense, staying in the desert may not end up being option number one.
The Cardinals want their prized franchise player back at what appears to be the right price. Due a lofty $23.6 million next season, Fitzgerald will be asked to take a pay cut or the team may be faced with the ugly decision of cutting him loose. The team has denied considering trading their star receiver in the past, so the odds favor Fitzgerald either coming to terms with his declining skills and diminished role and accepting a paycut, or just embracing being cut, altogether.
There are no clear signs as to what Fitzgerald will do, but he’s been forced into a hole due to a shaky 2014 season that saw him miss two games due to injury and catch the fewest passes (63) since his rookie year.
It’s still arguable that Fitzgerald can play at a high level and be a key piece of a winning club, but at this point he probably isn’t a true #1 wide receiver anymore. Whether or not he’s ready to accept that could be the kicker.
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