The dream of Larry Fitzgerald coming back to the Twin Cities where he grew up and leading the home town Vikings to glory appears to be on life support.
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Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Fitzgerald and the Arizona Cardinals are getting close to finalizing a new long-term deal that would allow the former All-Pro receiver to finish out his career in Arizona.
Fitzgerald signed a 7-year/$113 million deal in 2011, but had to restructure that contract before 2014. After seeing his role in the offense reduced in 2014, there was speculation that the 31-year-old receiver might be traded or even cut by Arizona. Further wishful thinking had him winding up in Minnesota to provide Teddy Bridgewater with another veteran receiving weapon.
Realistically however, the chances of Fitzgerald ever signing in Minnesota were always pretty remote. The Vikings simply do no sign over-30 players to large contracts. With Greg Jennings already on the payroll, the chances of Fitzgerald being in the Vikings’ plans grew even smaller.
Minnesota fans have coveted the former Vikings ball boy and son of Twin Cities media member Larry Fitzgerald Sr. for years, but now it appears their fantasy of Fitzgerald in purple will never come to fruition.
I mean I suppose the deal with Arizona could always fall through and Fitzgerald could be released but…no. Not happening. But hey, at least we have Teddy!
Update: It’s done. The Cardinals clear nearly $13 million in cap space. More on the situation from 120 Sports.
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