Profootballtalk.com recently posted a story about the unhappiness of Arizona Cardinals wide receiver, Larry Fitzgerald. The Cardinals are becoming a run first club under new head coach Ken Wisenhunt which means Fitzgerald’s numbers will go down. He may not be down for that blocking thing either.
The Cowboys should consider making a move for him after the season. Why not give up a first day pick for him? The Cowboys need to get younger at the position. Fitzgerald is just 23 years old and in his fourth NFL season.
Arizona locked up Anquan Boldin to a big extention two years ago and they may not want to pay big money for two wide receivers in a run first offense. The Cardinals have always had a reputation as a cheap organization. Fitzgerald will want to be paid big dollars.
They still have Bryant Johnson, a former first round pick on their roster.
Terry Glenn is 33 years old and will miss at least half of the year with a knee injury. Patrick Crayton is a free agent after the season and Terrell Owens is only signed through 2008.
Giving the Cardinals a first day draft pick for a proven commodity would be smart business. Imagine a 2008 starting lineup of Fitzgerald, T.O., and tight end Jason Witten. Scary.
Here’s more on why think the Cowboys should try to make the move. If the Cowboys use a first round draft pick on a kid, they still need the rookie to develop. Taking a receiver in the first round is a true gamble.
In 2005 the following players were drafted in the first round:
Braylon Edwards, 3rd to Cleveland
Troy Williamson, 7th to Minnesota
Mike Williams, 10th to Detroit
Matt Jones, 21st to Jacksonville
Mark Clayton, 22nd to Baltimore
Roddy White, 27th to Atlanta
Not one of those players has made the Pro Bowl. Edwards looks like the only one who will be an impact player for his club this season.
In 2006 Santonio Holmes was the only WR drafted in the first round. Teams learned from the 2005 class.
So why not give up a 1st or 2nd round draft pick and pay Fitzgerald big money? It looks like a safe way to go versus trying to gamble in the draft.