The quarter mark of the NFL season is a good time for speculation and judgment of where things are and where things seem to be heading. The Oakland Raiders have already determined their head coach Dennis Allen isn’t the man to lead the team out of the basement and back to contention. Allen was fired after a 38-14 drubbing by the Miami Dolphins in London. All is not well in the world for all teams except two, the unblemished Cincinnati Bengals and Arizona Cardinals. But I see something that looks like a change on the horizon in the desert.

The cap figure for Larry Fitzgerald in the 2015 season is $23.6 million dollars. Larry has been a great sportsman, leader and figure in the community and has helped lead the Cardinals to an NFC Championship win but at the age of 31 he is no longer an elite wide receiver. That kind of money should be reserved for the Calvin Johnson’s, Dez Bryant’s and A.J. Green’s of the world. Fitz is still a solid player and more than solid leader and Arizona would be wise to try to keep him but they won’t be the only players interested in his services as he heads to the back nine of his NFL days.

Larry Fitzgerald, Bill BelichickEnter the New England Patriots. Fresh off a nationally televised embarrassment at the hands of the feisty Kansas City Chiefs. On Monday Night Football behind the return of a finally healthy Jamaal Charles the Chiefs crushed the Pats 41-14. The offense and defense were each man handled in the hostile road atmosphere and Tom Brady never looked comfortable. There is a sense that he doesn’t and can’t trust what surrounds him on offense. Neither Shane Vereen nor Stevan Ridley are legitimate number one running backs who can take the pressure off by handling 20 plus carries a game while maintaining effective levels of play. It’s clear the only wide receiver he trusts is Wes Welker-lite (Julian Edleman) as Danny Amendola has fallen off the face of the earth and Kenbrell Thompkins, Aaron Dobson and Brandon Lafell have turned out to be just middling dudes. This team needs a jolt and it needs to be someone to help Brady after losing key offensive stars Aaron Hernandez, Wes Welker and Logan Mankins the past few years.

The Cardinals may be able to thrive without the key to their offense of the last decade. This season they have shown flashing signs of moving away from Fitz. Running back Andre Ellington has averaged just over 18 touches per game this early season and receivers Michael Floyd and John Brown have been focal points of the air attack. Fitzgerald has averaged 72.2 yards per game and 8.7 touchdowns per season in his 10 years in Arizona. He’s off to a very slow start of 35.7 yards per game without a score in 2014. It’s probable these numbers start to pick up as defenses shift toward trying to slow down the young rising stars in the Cardinal offense.

It looks like the Patriots and Brady need Fitzgerald much more than Arizona does and he’d be quite the fit with future Hall of Famer Tom Brady tossing him the rock the rest of their careers together. There were rumors two seasons ago that Bill Belichick and Pats brass inquired about Fitz. New England has taken chances with veteran wide outs before, Randy Moss (led them to the Super Bowl), Chad Johnson (led them nowhere), don’t be shocked if they pull something to get Larry to Foxborough.

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