That someone would be Greg Garber. He writes for ESPN.com. We should also point out he deems the fantasy trade unlikely, which means it’s just click bait, but let’s look at it anyway. Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald to the Green Bay Packers.
In this completely farcical fantasy trade, the Packers would give up Jordy Nelson, Johnathan Franklin and their 2014 second-round pick.
The idea is, Fitzgerald is still one of the best receivers in the NFL and could make another Super Bowl run with Green Bay. The Cardinals, meanwhile, need young talent.
Only a few problems here, Garbs.
Ted Thompson does not give up good, young talent. Jordy is 28 and Franklin is 24. Thompson also doesn’t give up high draft picks, unless he’s wheeling and dealing during the draft itself.
The Packers develop from within.
At 30, Fitzgerald probably has four or five good seasons left in him, but he also has a salary cap number of $18 million in 2014. The Packers have their own guys to sign in 2014 — B.J. Raji, James Jones and Jermichael Finley, if he can still play, to name a few.
Besides that, Aaron Rodgers doesn’t need a Fitzgerald or a Megatron or a Dez Bryant. He can make pretty much anyone good. See Greg Jennings. Christ, Jarrett Boykin had more than 100 yards receiving last week and he went undrafted and then was cut by Jacksonville before ending up in Green Bay.
All in all, a pretty stupid suggestion.
By the way, the trade deadline is on Tuesday.
Jordy Nelson, Johnathan Franklin and and second Rounder??????? For a 30 yr old receiver????? Dude, our GM is Ted THOMPSON, not Ted DANSON!!!!!
“Cardinals trade wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald to Packers for their 2014 No. 2 draft choice, running back Johnathan Franklin and receiver Jordy Nelson”
I can’t get over how idiotic this is.
Fitzy is the epitome of what Craig Flemmings wishes he was – generally puts up damn good numbers with a crap ass QB throwing to him. Imagine the career #11 would have if he had someone like #12 throwing to him.
No way does a trade like this happen.
I don’t think this trade would happen if the Cardinals only wanted a #2 pick let alone Nelson and Franklin.
Thompson has gotten some great players at #2.
Once Jordy Nelson was mentioned the first thing that came to mind was FUCK NO.
Is this guy a dilusional asshole or wut, does he happen to be a cards fan, pretty sure finley has outplayed fitzgerald this year so wut would they gain by trading him
Agreed, never happen. But if were talking scenario’s i’d give up Datone Jones and Franklin for Fitz. Our defense got stronger while our offense is less explosive than in the past. You line up Jordy, J Jones, Randall Cobb, and Fitzgerald, complemented by the defense and running game resurgence? Forget about it. Make room in the trophy case for another Lombardi Trophy.
Man, he’d look good in green and gold…Fitz’s talents are being so wasted. Fitz is a good dude. I’d almost think he’d take a pay cut to come to a team of relevance.
Fitz is happy in AZ and has no plans to move. He’s in it for the money, not the trophies…smart decision.
Love the idea of getting Larry Fitzgerald — but NOT for Jordy Nelson, Franklin and a 2nd Rounder. NO WAY. It doesn’t make any sense for anyone to even propose something this idiotic which makes me wonder how these dorks get jobs in a position like this. Ridiculous from a financial and a roster standpoint.
Going off that this team could use another WR weapon. Jones, Finley, Cobb and you know Jordy is liable to go down with some weird injury (he always does). You can’t leave Rodgers alone with Boykin, Quarless and God knows who else. This receiving core could use another legit weapon for the stretch. If Thompson could pull a rabbit out of his hat with Fitzgerald (and he never would) but if he gave up a 2nd Rounder and something else for Larry — then it’d be all the more worth it.
Personally — Thompson would do better upgrading the OL, DL, LB core and FS core before hitting on another WR. This team needs help in other area’s first and Thompson NEVER, EVER, EVER trades. He doesn’t know what the trade deadline is.
Jones will be back pretty soon, i think the Packers can manage until he gets back, as long as no one else is injured (can you hear me knockin’?).
Agreed that picks should go else where, esp. LB or safety, or even more youth on the DL (though ours is beastly currently and Jolly has a few extra years left in him, seeing as he avoided a few years of football wear and tear).
This is the dumbest fucking thing I’ve ever heard. Writers who put out stupid shit that has absolutely no chance of happening should get smashed in the nuts and be revoked of their writing privileges. Like the dipshit who said the Vikings were going to trade Adrian Peterson to Dallas. Not going to happen. In the article he even says this probably wont happen. Thanks for wasting my time though asshole.
You know who we’ve picked up in the second round? Guys like Randall Cobb, Eddie Lacy, and Jordy Nelson. It would be completely idiotic to trade Nelson, Franklin, and a potential playmaker that could be equivalent to some of the best in the league for one guy. Fitzgerald is good, but he’s not that good. So with that, fuck you Greg Garber.
This would be a moronic proposition even by Bleacher Report standards.
It’s moronic for Fitz’s salary alone. IE, even if the deal cost us NOTHING in personnel or picks, TT would never take that cap hit. Throwing in quality personnel & picks just makes it exponentially moronic.
As the majority of you have said, AWFUL, just god awful hypothetical scenario. The dude definitely hurts his credibility (if he had any) presenting such a ridiculous scenario. Does he really believe Fitz is worth that much? Fitz may be the 3rd best receiver in the game, but Jordy is possibly top 5, def top 8. Additionally, he is 2 years younger than Fitz and significantly cheaper, that nearly equals their trade value, but Jordy’s injury history brings his value down a bit, but not THAT much-I wouldn’t trade White with those 2 for Fitz.
OMG.., this guy actually gets paid to come up with stupid shit like this? ….Zero chance scenario based on Thompson philosophy. Then again… Favre wearing purple seemed extremely unlikely
As someone living in Arizona, Fitz IS the Cardinals. They will not trade him. ever.
I wouldn’t even entertain this in fantasy football. 90% of all the bullshit on espn is these writers, ex-coaches, players, doing nothing but trolling. Just waiting for a reaction…wait…it worked.