Fitz timeline: Decision likely “in a week or two”

Posted by Darren Urban on February 4, 2018 – 1:32 pm

Larry Fitzgerald has been in front of the media for a number of days in the past week, and as it worked out last year, the resolution of what Fitz plans to do is slowly coming to a completion about a month after the season. Wednesday, Fitz said he wasn’t thinking about the quarterback situation. Friday, he said the QB situation matters, although he continued to step around whether he would return in 2018 or retire.

Sunday, before the Super Bowl, the wide receiver went on NFL Network, and finally gave a definitive timeline for the first time of when the decision will come. It will be before the Cardinals figure out who their 2018 quarterback will be, although Fitzgerald still seemed hesitant to talk much about it.

“It’s all hypothetical,” Fitzgerald said. “I haven’t made any definitive decisions. I’ll be ready in about a week or two.”

He continued to say he is “excited” about Steve Wilks and the new coaching staff, adding that he looked forward to getting to know Wilks and offensive coordinator Mike McCoy more.

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39 Responses to “Fitz timeline: Decision likely “in a week or two””

  1. By Steve on Feb 4, 2018 | Reply

    Darren: Whats your prediction for who wins the big game today?

  2. By Darren Urban on Feb 4, 2018 | Reply

    Steve —

    RE: Prediction

    I believe the Devils will be able to beat Washington State, but it’s been a rough road of late. 😉

  3. By Dr. G. on Feb 4, 2018 | Reply

    Dupe partial…Much of what I have posted the past couple months is being repeated and echoed here, so I’m kinda hanging back for now with not much news being reported. I watch the FAs and the QB situation closely.

    You can be assured that Fitz will return….he’s not about to leave all those stats on the table. He is not ignoring getting to those Mesospheric numbers…it is a no-brainer for him barring injury or other mishap. He is enjoying the media work…maybe something there later on.

    Our Crew will not choose a #1 iffy QB on purpose! It’s nonsense to think that we’ll just get leftovers…too much at stake…just hoping we don’t get fleeced if we go FA. …hoping SK has been enlightened from the past few years’ work…gotta trust him…he’s in charge.

    ?? If we move up and get a guy who looks to be a starter soon, would you try to keep Gabbert with that high pick or go after another guy??

    We’ll be OK as a team over all.

  4. By Cardinale on Feb 4, 2018 | Reply


    “When Having all day to throw 98% of the time isn’t enough…”

    with a picture of Brady throwing with no ball.

  5. By CARDINAL on Feb 4, 2018 | Reply

    Nice ball security Brady, that comes from a lack of familiarity with pressure.

    Pats got beat by a team with a backup QB and backup LT.

    GOATS don’t lose 3 super bowls

  6. By cardy on Feb 4, 2018 | Reply

    “Tom Brady Retires! Says league has changed, can’t win without penalty calls against the other team at crucial moments.”

    What a sad day….

  7. By Jon on Feb 5, 2018 | Reply

    Stranger things have happened, but Fitz retiring would be a shock at this point

  8. By El Gallo on Feb 5, 2018 | Reply

    “It’s all hypothetical” -Larry Legend

    Nice one Fitz haha..

    Keeping us wondering but I guess we’ll see in a few weeks.
    One more year Larry!

  9. By Johnson on Feb 5, 2018 | Reply

    I so badly want this guy to win a Super Bowl Ring….Just not fair, if he does retire – it will be an end of an era. Wish you could stay one more year and play for a Super Bowl Contender like the Vikings/Patriots etc …All the best Larry!

  10. By El Gallo on Feb 5, 2018 | Reply

    -Super Bowl

    Those Eagles sure did fly..

    Funny to even say it, Foles a Champion.
    But it’s in the books now for all time. Congrats kid.

    What’s not funny is he was able to go series for series against one, if not the best QB of all time in Brady.

    Foles was put into the fire, millions of eyes on him, offense in his hands and he executed.
    Wasn’t always pretty but he delivered time and time again when his team need him to.
    That’s all you ask from your QB or any player.

    The coaching staff put a hell-ova game plan together and they out played BB’s defense.
    Fantastic on their part.

    Eagles defense did enough to hold off the Patriots second half onslaught.
    But it was a close one.

    Now Foles wasn’t flawless by any means but did his job well enough to get the win.
    Well done.

    Many doors just opened up for him across the nation.
    How many, who knows..

    But as for his door;
    I can see a group gathering outside in the near future vying for his skill set.

    It’ll be interesting to see what his future holds.

    As for him in Philly..
    Will Smith’s new bff
    Talk of the town & mad complimentary cheesesteaks for life haha..

  11. By El Gallo on Feb 5, 2018 | Reply

    – Wentz

    Eagles winning without him takes nothing away from the awesome things Wentz was able to accomplish throughout this season.
    • Only in his 2nd season
    • (2017) Pass Yds: 3296, Pass TD: 33, Pass Int: 7
    • Injury aside, top notch young dynamic QB

    – Foles

    As for Foles, you have to give him credit for his post season play.
    • 3 playoff wins, boasting high passer rating 116.4 (best in NFL hist.)
    • (2017) Pass Yds: 537, Pass TD: 5, Pass Int: 2, Rec TD: 1 (SB)
    • SB Championship

    What other FA QB’s have this on their resume..

    I do not think he stays in Philly for long because of this.

  12. By joe holst on Feb 5, 2018 | Reply

    imagine if Philly kept Foles and unloaded Wentz instead for 3 1st rounders, –

  13. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Feb 5, 2018 | Reply

    Nick Foles made the Super Bowl look like any other game even though it was the biggest of his life. 100% poise 100% of the time. I wish Palmer could have played like that in the postseason. Palmer made the Vikings D look pretty pedestrian also. And you can’t forget that huge season he had under Kelly in PHI. I think he’d do just fine with AZ if McCoy does indeed tailor the playbook to Foles strengths. Foles should be a bit cheaper than Cousins who will be the highest paid player in the NFL this year even though he’s far from the best QB in the league.

  14. By faster on Feb 5, 2018 | Reply

    @scott h and foles,

    yep, i think with yesterdays result the optional pick for foles would be at least a first round in 19. but imo it would be worth it.

    and, if the eagles don`t trade for foles, they have a big problem, either they trade wentz, or they have a free agent in 19 in foles, who will bring them nothing. and even the eagles can`t have booth qbs on their roster in 19.
    i expect them to trade foles for a ransom, and then add a quality backup (my guess would be bradford or stanton) for the first games in september.

    don`t get me wrong, i would like a drafted qbof, but, except maybe darnold all the qb in this draft have a bigger risk then foles. yes, you could put the money you save into the offenseline, but if the qb doesn`t work, you have a 3-5 year rebuild.

  15. By D on Feb 5, 2018 | Reply

    N. Foles the KingSlayer!
    Kid was accurate and thrives in a college type offense. That system suits him well. It took a defense play/ strip sack to make the difference.

  16. By faster on Feb 5, 2018 | Reply

    @cardy, you forget to write:

    paid by HGH manning

  17. By D on Feb 5, 2018 | Reply

    I believe today is the first day a team can release players under contract for 2018, right Darren?

  18. By Darren Urban on Feb 5, 2018 | Reply

    D —

    RE: First day

    Today the waiver system begins for the 2018 season.

  19. By John S. on Feb 5, 2018 | Reply

    Perhaps it all unrelated, but just can’t help but think the “week or two” reference has something to do with the Cards having a chance to feel out Foles now that the SB is done and over with. That, or somebody else they are talking to as a FA to only ‘finalize’ when March roles around?
    No way can I see Foles sitting on the bench behind Wentz anymore, or the Eagles willing to pay him what that would take. He is ultimately going somewhere, and it sure don’t think it would hurt to have him come here. Besides, David Johnson wants him here too… ha!
    Regardless, Larry if you’re listening… still unfinished business for you in AZ, and we’d love to have you back in uniform to do it baby!

  20. By D on Feb 5, 2018 | Reply

    That game last night highlighted 2 important reasons why Foles is the MVP and why the Eagles won.

    1- The Pats didn’t have a pass rush. Their front 7 was the weakest of all of their SB teams. Clearly, C. Jones was needed last night in MN for NE.

    2- The Eagles Off Line gave Foles plenty of protection and time. Mr. Keim needs to rebuild AZ OLine to something similar to the Eagles. Starting with having a Stud Center.

  21. By mitchaz on Feb 5, 2018 | Reply

    Arizona Fitz Foles

    If there is one team looking for a veteran starting QB to sign to a 4-5 year deal that should appeal to Nick Foles, it is the Arizona Cardinals.

    Reasons Why a Trade to Arizona Should Appeal to Foles:

    * Starter from day 1 and the next 4-5 years, possibly more.
    * Both he and his wife, Tori Moore, went to University of Arizona, where they met.
    * Perfect location, family-wise: Tori from Brea, CA (33 miles SE of LA), Nick from Austin, TX. Much closer to their families and their alma mater. Big consideration now that they have their daughter Lily.
    * Mike McCoy is a good match as OC. Would cater the offense to Foles’ strengths.
    * Gets to pass to a HOFer in Fitz.
    * Gets to feed a budding superstar RB/WR in David Johnson.
    * Gets a potentially dominant defense under Wilks and Holcomb.
    * Warmer climate.

    Some are saying that the Eagles won’t trade Foles because of the uncertainty as to when Carson Wentz is able to return—but when you look closer at their situation it would make sense to trade him asap.

    Reasons Why the Eagles Should Trade Foles asap:

    * The Eagles are up against the cap and this would save them $7M.
    * Foles’ stock will never be higher.
    * Wentz won’t have to deal with the pressure of having a revered Super Bowl MVP along side him.
    * Wentz is way ahead of schedule to return.
    * They like QB Nate Sudfeld, whom they have been grooming behind Wentz and Foles.
    * They could also re-sign Chase Daniel or another backup for cheap.
    * They could get a 1st round pick (#15 from Cardinals).

    For those who are saying no way to giving up the #15 pick—the Cardinals were going to have to draft a QB there anyway, and with Foles, he puts the Cardinals immediately back in contention for the next 4-5 years or more.

    There will be competition for Foles—early 2nd round picks—but if the Cardinals are going to beat the competition they would have to put the #15 pick on the table. Would the Browns, Broncos or Jets give up the #4, #5 or #6 pick for Foles? Likely not. They could offer a package of picks starting with their early 2nd rounders—but hey if you are the Eagles and you can pick up the #15 pick—you take it, plus a 1st rounder gives them a young starter for 5 years, not 4.

    If we have learned anything about acquiring a QB…the Cardinals have to push their chips to the middle of the table. if they think they can keep trying to defer the decision until the 2nd round or at a bargain price, you wind up where the Cardinals are now, without a QB and a clear direction.

    Added Reasons for Cardinals to trade for Foles:

    * Creates a huge buzz heading into the season.
    * They get an experienced QB who has performed brilliantly on the brightest stage.
    * They can play Foles for $8M in his first year (use cap space to build the OL, WR, TE spots around him) and have a 4 year extension in place.
    * They won’t have to pay the $28M+ a year that Kirk Cousins is asking for.
    * The last time the Cardinals signed a Super Bowl MVP, he took them to their 1st Super Bowl.

    Today on his show, Dan Bickley is also of the mindset that the Cardinals offer the Eagles the #15 pick. He asks the perfect question: “If you don’t want Kirk Cousins…and you don’t want Nick Foles, of the QBs who are available, who do you want instead?”

  22. By Darren Urban on Feb 5, 2018 | Reply

    Mitch —

    RE: Foles

    I would be absolutely stunned if the Cardinals gave up a first-round pick for Foles. Just cannot see that happening. Not when Jimmy G got a second and Alex Smith a third and a player. Can’t see it at all.

    Also, it’s a trade. Foles doesn’t have a say in the matter in terms of whether he would like Arizona. Can’t hurt, but that won’t be a factor.

  23. By JTDG on Feb 5, 2018 | Reply

    Congrats to the Eagles, as they played a great game in what turned out to be a very good super bowl.

    But I am always looking forward and the Eagles are interesting.
    The Eagles are currently -4.6 million above the cap. That is an issue.

    So, I would guess some restructures and players released.
    First, looks like LT Jason Peters will be released, as his replacement did a great job this year. But that only saves 5 million, bringing them to a net of zero cap space. Torrey Smith would free up another 5 million.

    After those two obvious ones, it becomes interesting , as there are some high paid vets who start. Might be smart to see who comes available in this off season.

    As for Foles, I think it is interesting. He doesn’t save much, only about 4 million if traded, which is what a back up QB would cost to replace him.

    He also is signed through 2021, so he is very affordable. Foles showed he can master the offense if Wentz goes down again, so, to me, why trade him?

    Well, unless someone makes an offer they can’t refuse. That is where his trade value may differ. Yes, a third or maybe a second seems reasonable, but truth is, neither one of those other guys Darren mentioned are MVPs in the superbowl and just put up 4 straight playoff games with a QB rating of 100 or better.

    In a QB driven league and several teams desperate for a QB, could we see a much better offer come to the Eagles? Remember Darren, it wasn’t that long ago the Vikings gave up a 1 for Sam Bradford.

    I don’t think the Eagles give him away. Why should they? Foles will be an Eagle unless someone offers a deal they cant refuse.

  24. By D on Feb 5, 2018 | Reply

    I would guess Mr. Keim will attempt to resign T. Williams at CB and draft a CB this spring due to $, but if Mr. Keim starts freeing up Cap Space and has the ability to sign a CB, P. Robinson from Philly, he would cost around 7mil per yr. He had a career year and PFF rated him as a top 5 CB in 2017. He is 5 years younger than T. Williams.

    Philly currently doesn’t have a 2 or 3rd round draft pick, that would be the only reason why they would shop Foles, because his value won’t get any higher than right now. The problem would be a team would have to change their Off to the run/pass option. Also, not too many teams have the Philly Oline, so Foles under pressure would look like he did when he played for the Rams.

  25. By Darren Urban on Feb 5, 2018 | Reply

    D —

    RE: Change offense

    Remember, the Cards have no offense, per se, right now. Nothing to change yet. You build around whatever QB you get.

  26. By Chris G. on Feb 5, 2018 | Reply

    Don’t get me wrong, Foles strung together a couple of great games and one great season with Chip Kelly. He seems like a really great guy also, but a trade for a quarterback with the Eagles makes me think of two words…..Kevin Kolb.

  27. By Richard S on Feb 5, 2018 | Reply

    Eagles win their first Super Bowl. I wonder how many teams are still looking for their first Super Bowl win. Eagles with 2 good QBs. I wish Keim could grab one.

  28. By El Gallo on Feb 5, 2018 | Reply

    – Kolb

    Oh yes that guy..

    Kevin Kolb may indeed bring back a bad taste.
    Ran away from contact even, in a contact sport. Go figure.

    Different times.
    The world, the sport, our organization has moved on from Kolb.

    We are now considering a current SB MVP Champion.
    Foles most certainly possess vastly different qualities and skills than Kolb.

    But it is strange to think about, seeing the parallels.
    That another possible transaction may occur with us and the Eagles.
    For the same position.
    Us needing a QB desperately.

    Strange times when 5x Champs get out foxed.
    Underdogs came through clutch.

    Interesting offseason to ensue all down the line with respects to QB movements.

    Hope our GM makes some magic happen.
    Give Larry a reason to stay.

  29. By NJAzCardsFan on Feb 5, 2018 | Reply

    Why not give up a 1st round pick for Foles…??? Look what Keim & Co. have done with the Cards 1st round picks in the last few years. Could it turn out any worse…???

    When and if Fitz retires…. the next day he should be put in the Ring of Honor!!!!

  30. By JCH on Feb 6, 2018 | Reply

    Do you think the Cardinals will trade for Nick Foles?

  31. By Darren Urban on Feb 6, 2018 | Reply

    JCH —

    RE: Foles

    No idea. Will the Eagles even want to trade him?

  32. By patrick on Feb 6, 2018 | Reply

    Seems like Cardinal fans are really riding the quarterback flavor of the day. Case Keemun, then Alex Smith, some jumped on Kirk Cousins, now Nick Foles. Another month or two of this.

  33. By Joe C. on Feb 6, 2018 | Reply

    How about a 2nd round pick and HB? Clears some cap space for us to sign Foles and you do it after the roster bonus so its a little more cap friendly for the eagles. We keep out first rounder and get a starting QB. Trade back out of #15 for a late first and a third.

  34. By Darren Urban on Feb 6, 2018 | Reply

    Joe C —

    RE: Trade

    Any trade of a player post-roster bonus means the team trading that player must absorb the roster bonus on their own cap.

  35. By Joe C. on Feb 6, 2018 | Reply

    Darren, I’m thinking we’re going to eat all or some of HB’s salary whether we keep him or trade him. Eating the roster bonus makes him an appealing piece and clears his contract in futures year, right? I hate talking about trading players. I think you keep decent players and get more. But if you have to give one up to avoid trading your first pick I think his contract makes him a good target to move. I was going to say unretired Palmer but I just read your other story so I won’t go there. I don’t think Foles is available. I wouldn’t trade him if I were the Eagles. I think we resign Gabbert for back up money and see what shakes in the draft and free agency.

  36. By Big Ken on Feb 6, 2018 | Reply

    I think Foles is under contract for only next year. So we would make a big trade for the guy, hope he pans out and signs a long tern deal with us? Not getting a good feeling about this won. I don’t have Foles fever.

  37. By JCH on Feb 6, 2018 | Reply

    I dont think Foles wants to be backup to Carson Wentz hes prob gonna wanna leave and be starter somewhere els. Also backups are not payed as much as starters i dont think.

  38. By Scott H on Feb 6, 2018 | Reply

    It’s been hard to get a handle on this…..just last week, Fitz was saying that who the QB will be means everything. OK. Now, he’s saying we will know his decision in a week or two. But….are we going to know who our QB is going to be at that point?? I’m guessing we won’t. So….

    He’s going to make a decision without knowing that??

    My befuddlement continues.

  39. By Precor on Feb 14, 2018 | Reply

    Our big trip to  Italy  and the birth Fitz put my wanderlust on hold for awhile.

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