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Cardinals Open To Trading Larry Fitzgerald

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Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images.
Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images.

With the trade deadline rapidly approaching, many rumors are starting to emerge. According to multiple league executives, the Arizona Cardinals are open to trading franchise wideout Larry Fitzgerald after this season.

This comes as somewhat of a surprise, considering Fitzgerald has been the face of the franchise for the last several years. Working against him will be the fact that he's 30, has had some recent nagging injuries (albeit he's played through them), but most notably will be his $18 million cap number for next season. The Cardinals clearly have major holes across the board, and with an emerging talent in Michael Floyd, trading Fitzgerald for at the very least a first round pick might make sense. It would appear unlikely they will trade him away just for anything, so they probably won't take an offer until something great comes along — at least for now.

Fitzgerald would certainly be in demand, and you'd have to wonder if a team in need of a playmaker would be willing to give up high picks for him. The New York Jets, Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots are three names that immediately come to mind. Don't sleep on the Indianapolis Colts either, as they may be willing to give up some of the picks in the upcoming and following draft as they look for a long-term replacement for Reggie Wayne.

Fitzgerald's amazing talents have been wasted due to poor quarterback play since the retirement of Kurt Warner, but he has still managed to be the team's all-time leader in catches, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. 

Editor update: Cardinals GM John Keim told Arizona Sports 620, “I can tell you two things, and I want to make this clear and simple. I have not had one conversation with another NFL team regarding a trade with Larry Fitzgerald.

“Number two, starting with Michael Bidwill down, it is our intent for Larry Fitzgerald to retire a Cardinal, period. If there was any grey area there guys, let me know, and we'll get it out.”