Dec 29, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) runs the ball against the San Francisco 49ers in the second quarter at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots Were Reportedly Interested In Larry Fitzgerald Last Offseason

Dec 29, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) runs the ball against the San Francisco 49ers in the second quarter at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

It is no secret that the New England Patriots need an outside receiving threat, and earlier today it was reported by Tom E. Curran of csnne.com, that last offseason they showed interest in trading for Larry Fitzgerald, of the Arizona Cardinals.

This is extremely surprising to hear, because the Patriots simply don’t engage in these “blockbuster” trades. With that being said, I wouldn’t mind seeing Fitzgerald in a Pats uniform, as his talent is out of this world. However he does have a big contract, which would put New England in a bit of a bind, when it comes to re-signing their own free agents. Bill Belichick would have to decide if a 30 year old Fitzgerald was worth throwing their cap situation in flux, but if they were willing to at least gauge interest in this trade, I think that they might just go out of character, and give up a lump of cash to Fitzgerald.

I don’t know if the Patriots are still interested in acquiring Fitzgerald, but if they are, I would have mixed feelings about him in Foxboro. On one hand, he is a great receiver, as outside of Calvin Johnson, there isn’t a better overall wideout in this league. He makes a lot of plays all over the field, and when you pair him with an actual good quarterback, who knows what could happen. But he requires the Pats to give up a lot of money, which could be spent in other areas of need. Not giving out huge contracts has been the forte of the Patriots over the years, and it is a successful tactic. But the Patriots need an outside receiving threat, because without one, they will just keep falling short in the playoffs, like they have done for the past couple of seasons.

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