Larry Fitzgerald: Why He and the Kansas City Chiefs Are a Match Made in Heaven

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Larry Fitzgerald: Why He and the Kansas City Chiefs Are a Match Made in Heaven
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It's not really news, rather speculation, that Kansas City may have an interest in Arizona WR Larry Fitzgerald. God, I wish that was true.

Although there may not be truth to that rumor, there is also no reason to dismiss the idea either, and when you look at the total picture, it makes perfect sense.

Keep in mind that anything this organization does is very "hush-hush." We won't know anything until it happens

I've followed Fitzgerald since he enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh years ago and saw every one of his college games, as well as his pro contests. He is a very quiet kid, a natural leader who leads by example, and he is too modest and humble to ever be involved in controversy, including expressing unhappiness or demanding a trade.

There are many reasons why this deal should happen. First of all, Fitzgerald's contract is due to expire after next season, and he will become a free agent. He will not work out a long-term deal to play in the desert for a team that is being torn down and rebuilt as we speak, not if he can get more on the open market, where he soon will be.

It should be also pointed out that he CANNOT be franchised after 2011, so Arizona has few other options. If Arizona doesn't trade him, it loses him and gets nothing. Why would the Cardinals want him for one more season if they have no chance to make the playoffs?

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What's also perplexing is that they have no QB to get him the ball. That will have a negative effect on his statistics this year, which may weaken his bargaining position as a free agent. He also knows that Arizona is not a playoff-caliber team, even with him on it.

The Chiefs faced the same dilemma with Jared Allen. They traded him for three picks, which enabled them to draft both Branden Albert and Jamaal Charles. Arizona is insane if it doesn't follow KC's lead.

It should also be pointed out that Kansas City is a desirable venue for him. He is going to a playoff team, he is friends with Todd Haley and has said so publicly and the Chiefs have the money to outbid almost every team that has interest in him

There are other questions though. Will Dwayne Bowe demand a similar contract and force this team to afford both? I say the Chiefs can.

The other question is why wouldn't Arizona talk to other teams to see if it can get more compensation than what Scott Pioli is willing to give?

The answer is they, can, which is exactly why the Chiefs need to beat others to the punch and make their move sooner rather than later. If you want Fitzgerald on the team, go get him, while the timing is right

Chances are it will take at least the Chiefs' first-round pick to acquire Fitzgerald and maybe more. They can always offer this year's one and a two or three in next year's draft. With the 2011 draft being a horrible year for wide receivers, it makes more sense than ever.

Of course, the impending lockout is an obvious roadblock. We'll have to see what happens, but all I know is I want to see Fitzgerald wearing red in Kansas City next season.


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