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Larry Fitzgerald trade wouldn't help Arizona Cardinals


With free agency just weeks away, there's no shortage of subplots suggesting what NFL teams should do, could do and will do in order to make an offseason splash.

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One such brainstorm -- suggesting the Arizona Cardinals should trade away All-Pro wideout Larry Fitzgerald -- was shot to the floor Tuesday by Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic, the Cardinals' hard-working beat writer.

Somers correctly argues the financials simply don't make sense. Fitzgerald's contract still contains $15 million in prorated bonus money, which would count as dead weight against this year's salary cap. No matter what a team would be willing to give in return for Fitzgerald, the crippling money hit makes this a non-starter.

The argument for trading Fitzgerald centers around the dilemma of an elite wideout withering away on a team that can't find a quarterback to throw him the ball. With recently hired coach Bruce Arians taking over, new competition will be brought in under center. Arians has worked wonders with quarterbacks in the past and the Cardinals aren't about to sabotage that effort by stripping the roster of their best offensive player.

Fitzgerald turns 30 in August and is signed through the 2018 campaign. He remains the heart and soul of the team, and the Cardinals aren't desperate enough to part ways with a player of his caliber.

Follow Marc Sessler on Twitter @MarcSesslerNFL.