Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/28/13
On the same day he became the youngest receiver in NFL history to reach 800 career receptions, Larry Fitzgerald woke up to find his name floating in rumors about a possible trade. Oh, perfect. The Cardinals got to 4-4 thanks to their 27-13 victory Sunday over the visiting Atlanta Falcons, and now Arizona fans are going to be consumed with fret about the face of the franchise getting dealt by the trading deadline on Tuesday. Before everyone starts to think the sky is about to fall, just relax. The chances of Fitzgerald getting traded by the 1 p.m. (Arizona time) deadline are about as good as the 0-8 Jacksonville Jaguars winning each of their final eight games. “Yeah, I don’t know where that came from,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said as he walked through a jubilant locker room following his news conference with reporters. “Seriously, I don’t know what that’s all about. That’s a new one on me.” Yet it clearly was a topic of conversation after multiple reports, including one by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, suggested a trade involving Fitzgerald could be in play this off-season in the unlikely event one occurs before Tuesday. Yes, the Cardinals could save $8 million by trading their best player, whose salary-cap number balloons to $18 million in 2014, but that’s the last thing that should be on anyone’s minds right now. The Cardinals are still alive at .500 entering their week off, and up next are winnable games against the 2-5 Texans and those woeful Jaguars. Fitzgerald was asked if the trade reports were out of line, and his answer was interesting. “I don’t know,” he said. “I come to work every day and just focus on how I can help the Arizona Cardinals and help my team win. If they decide to move me, that happens. I have no control over any of that. “I just focus on what I can do to improve and help my team.” Still playing with a nagging left hamstring that has bothered him since a Week 2 victory over the Lions, Fitzgerald did his part against the Falcons, with four catches for 48 yards and a touchdown. His 10-yard scoring reception from Carson Palmer was the first of three touchdowns the Cardinals scored in a decisive second quarter that helped snap a two-game losing skid. On the final play of the third quarter, Fitzgerald reached the 800-catch milestone, and with it some history in becoming the youngest to get there at 30 years, 57 days. Cowboys tight end Jason Witten previously had been the youngest at 30 years, 238 days. “I think it meant more to other people that it did himself,” Palmer said of Fitzgerald. “ … He’s so focused on his job and the task at hand that he’s not worried about statistics.”
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