Larry Fitzgerald: 'Change of scenery sometimes is the best thing'
You have to wonder if Larry Fitzgerald was thinking about his own situation in Arizona when he talked about a change of scenery being a good thing.
The perennial Pro Bowl wide receiver was visiting this morning on the Mully & Hanley Show in Chicago on WSCR-670 AM when the subject turned to former Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris, who was released by the club last week. Fitzgerald and Harris have been close friends for a long time and nobody wants to see their buddy out of work.
“You guys just cut my boy,” Fitzgerald said. “I’m so hurt by the Tommie Harris release, that hurt me.
“The injuries definitely did mount up a little bit, but I still think that he’s got a lot of juice left in the tank. A change of scenery sometimes is the best thing. I just hope that he can land on his feet. He’s a good man.”
The difference between Fitzgerald and Harris is that the wide receiver controls his own destiny. Harris would have preferred to remain with the Bears, who would have owed him $3 million before the start of training camp. Once again, Fitzgerald has the Cardinals over a barrel when it comes to his contract. He’s entering the final year of his deal and holds most of the cards. There is a no-trade clause in his contract so the Cardinals can’t extract draft picks for him. There is also a clause prohibiting the team from placing the franchise tag on him after this season.
So, the Cardinals have to pay Fitzgerald or face the prospect of him departing in free agency, a scenario in which they would likely receive a compensatory draft pick for losing him. Yes, Fitzgerald was talking about his buddy, but considering the quarterback situation in Arizona, is he thinking about his own “change of scenery?”
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