With merely 61 receptions for 674 yards and 4 touchdowns through 14 weeks, All-Pro wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is on pace for his worst season since his rookie year.
His father, sportswriter Larry Fitzgerald Sr., tweeted his disgust with the state of the Arizona Cardinals after a 58-0 spirit-crushing loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Fitzgerald Jr. has always been too classy to air such grievances publicly, but it is safe to conclude his father’s outrage reflects his own.
Since future Hall-of-Fame quarterback Kurt Warner retired, the Cardinals have trotted out such memorable field generals as: Max Hall, Kevin Kolb, John Skelton, Ryan Lindley and Derek Anderson—who have mostly discovered new and creative ways to squander Fitzgerald’s considerable talent.
Fitzgerald will be in the third year of his massive eight year, $128.5 million contract in 2013, but the cap number of $9.5 million in 2013 is the lowest of the entire spread. If a contender would want his services, now is the time to strike without engaging in complicated contract renegotiations.
Fitzgerald’s perfect fit is a team with an established QB, a Pro Bowl caliber WR on the other side and a front office willing to push all-in to bring home the Lombardi Trophy in 2013.