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4 ideal landing spots for Larry Fitzgerald in NFL free agency

Sportsnaut
Sportsnaut
 2021-07-14

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Future Hall of Fame wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald remains undecided about playing this coming season with just a couple weeks to go before the Arizona Cardinals report for training camp.

While it’s highly unlikely that the 37-year-old Fitzgerald plays for another team after suiting up the past 17 seasons in the Arizona desert, there’s always a chance he chases a ring.

Meanwhile, Arizona added wide receivers A.J. Green and Rondale Moore to go with DeAndre Hopkins and Christian Kirk this offseason. It really doesn’t have much of a need for the aging Fitzgerald. It’s in this that we look at four ideal landing spots for the 11-time Pro Bowler.

Larry Fitzgerald signs with the Green Bay Packers

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) talks with Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) after the Cardinals defeated the Packers at Lambeau Field on Sunday, December 2, 2018 in Green Bay, Wis. Gpg Packerscardinals 120318 Abw1242

What better way for the Packers to appease disgruntled quarterback Aaron Rodgers than by adding Fitzgerald to the mix? Green Bay’s depth at wide receiver is also pretty questionable behind star pass-catcher Davante Adams.

After recording a mere 54 receptions for 409 yards and one touchdown a season ago, Fitzgerald is nowhere near the same player he was in his prime. This means he’ll come pretty cheap for the cash-strapped Packers. It almost makes too much sense.

Buffalo Bills sign Larry Fitzgerald

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Dec 26, 2020; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) waves to the crowd after losing to the San Francisco 49ers during the final home game of the season at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic via USA TODAY NETWORK Nfl San Francisco 49ers At Arizona Cardinals

If Fitzgerald wants to chase a ring, the Bills might make the most sense. They are coming off a brilliant 13-win season and are considered one of the top Super Bowl contenders heading into the 2021 campaign. Buffalo also boasts stud quarterback Josh Allen under center and one of the best receivers in the game in that of Stefon Diggs.

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Interestingly enough, there’s a chance that Buffalo releases veteran receiver Cole Beasley after some controversial comments about the COVID-19 vaccines. While Beasley is a slot receiver and Fitzgerald plays outside, such a move would create a depth issue in Western New York.

San Francisco 49ers sign Larry Fitzgerald

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Dec 26, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) is unable to make a catch against San Francisco 49ers middle linebacker Fred Warner (54) during the first half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Imagine the narrative here. Fitz opting to sign with the division-rival 49ers after spending 17 seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. While this seems highly unlikely, stranger things have happened. Remember when Hall of Famer Isaac Bruce signed with the 49ers back in 2008 after spending 14 seasons in the NFC West with the Rams?

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As for an on-field fit, San Francisco is certainly in need of depth at wide receiver behind Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel. The team missed out on the Julio Jones sweepstakes and avoided wide receiver altogether in the 2021 NFL Draft. Seen as a legitimate title contender, the 49ers make sense for Fitzgerald.

Larry Fitzgerald returns home to the Minnesota Vikings

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Oct 14, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) in action with Minnesota Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes (26) during the game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Arizona Cardinals at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

It was this past spring that Cardinals legend Patrick Peterson signed with the Minnesota Vikings in what was a shocking piece of news. Why wouldn’t Fitzgerald want to join his longtime teammate in the wide receiver’s home city of Minneapolis? Adding another layer to this is the fact that Fitz’s father is a legendary journalist in the Twin Cities.

Minnesota might not have a major need at wide receiver with stud youngster Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen doing their things. With that said, there’s some concerns about depth for quarterback Kirk Cousins . Bringing in Fitzgerald on the cheap would make sense.

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