While he was with the Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley built a special relationship with WR Larry Fitzgerald. After things went south in Arizona last season without QB Kurt Warner running the offense, it was suggested that the talented WR could be had for the right price.
Now comes word from Adam Schefter that Fitzgerald will be an unrestricted free agent after this season if he and the team do not come to an agreement on an extension. Normally a player that talented would be slapped with the franchise tag, but Fitzgerald’s contract includes a “no-franchise-tag” clause.
As we talked about back in May, the Cardinals acquisition of Kevin Kolb from the Philadelphia Eagles would likely help keep Fitzgerald in Arizona. However, the longer the two sides go without agreeing to a new deal increases the likelihood that the All-Pro receiver will walk.
And if he walks, odds are it will be right to Kansas City.
Things look full outside right now with Dwayne Bowe, Jonathan Baldwin and Steve Breaston, but there is always room for someone as good as Fitzgerald. Not only is he better than any of those three, but with Bowe looking towards for a new contract after a breakout 2010 season, the Chiefs could decide that it’s worth the little extra money to bring in one of Haley’s favorite players instead of retaining Bowe.
As usual, Kansas City will have plenty of cap room to put together a competitive offer for Fitzgerald. Clark Hunt and Scott Pioli have yet to find another team’s free agent worth opening up the check book, but we can all agree that Haley would do everything in his power to change that for Fitzgerald.