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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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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:25 am

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

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:52 am

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

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Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2011 10:36 am

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

All the snarky comments aside, I think Fitz should try to end his career making a run at a SB ring with a contender.
Here are the 5 top teams he could accomplish this with (in my opinion):
1) New England - I HATE to say this, but they are positioned to make a run almost every year, they could use his skill set, and they have the picks/$$ to get him.
2) NY Giants - Would give the other Manning a bonafide elite WR for once, and help improve all aspects of NY's offense (teams will have to double and roll coverages which will open up more running opportunities). Not sure if they have the picks/$$ to get him though...
3) Green Bay - Driver is getting VERY close to the end of his career. Fitz and Jennings would be a nice duo for elite passer Rogers.  The Packers D is much better once they get on top of a team, so this would play into helping their defense too.
4) San Diego - Again, as a Raider fan, this kills me to say this. Inject Fitz into that offense with that QB (I refuse to say his name) and they'll light it up like the Rams of old.  They need to leverage all their picks and $$ NOW because this unit will start to fall apart in the next couple of years, and has begun to already in some ways.
5) Pittsburg - Williams and Fitz on the edges and move Hines to the slot (or retire his aging arse). The rapist would have to fast, big targets and lots of opportunities for big plays as he scrambles.

As to the likelihood he leaves, I'd say it's 80/20 that he does depart. He's got the money, the recognition and praise. Now he wants that SB ring for his resume. Arizon is not getting to the SB anytime soon folks.

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2011 8:41 am

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

Thats funny Kendog. You make fun of KC? Pisshole? What the hell are you talking about? Green Bay is a pisshole fool. So is Milwaukee. Where do you get off by calling out another city more beautiful than yours. What a fool loser. Betting you never been there.

Since: Sep 7, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2011 7:50 am

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

I was hoping the Penny-pinching Bill Bidweel had seen the light after paying decent money to free-agents in the last few years. if his son ends up being a chip off the old block.. you can expect more Emmit Smith signings and having Natalie Merchant concerts before the first game of the season in a misguided attempt to draw in customers. He gives Donald Sterling a good name..

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2011 6:23 am

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

To finish my thought I'd like to see Leinart sign on with a team that has a qb with only a year or 2 left. Matts a very talented QB, he just never got a fair chance to play in the NFL.
As a New England fan, I'd love to see them trade for Fitz with a few of their many draft picks.They could even throw in Brandon Merriwether.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2011 6:18 am

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

I agree, but I think we're in the minority.I always believed Lienart would have made a decent NFL QB..His problem was twofold;1-Arizona never gave him a chance to learn the NFL system.If I recall he was put into action his very first year.
2-His other problem is quite simple-He got drafted by Arizona. Larry Fitzgerald should get a medal for lasting there as long as he has.Just think how good he'd have been with a decent organization.Same goes for Lienart.

Since: Jul 6, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2011 3:59 am

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

Since: Dec 21, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2011 2:43 am

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

Fitz was a player before he ever arrived in AZ.  I watched him for 2 years at Pitt and realized when he left after his sophomore year that he would be a perennial Pro Bowler.  I tried to tell Cards fans after they lost the SB that it was their only shot.  Their owner is too cheap to keep that team together.  Now just 2 years later, there's very little left of the team that went to that Super Bowl.  I hope Fitz gets traded, he's an amazing player and it sucks watching him catch passes from a 3rd string QB.

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