Kirk Cousins calls Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald a ‘great recruiter’
In less than two weeks, Pro Bowl quarterback Kirk Cousins will hit the free-agent market for the first time in his NFL career, a place that’s already gained him plenty of attention. He has been widely been regarded as being the top available player at his position in this year’s projected crop.
One of the teams that are expected to make a significant push to sign him in free agency is the Arizona Cardinals who possess a glaring need to address their quarterback situation following the retirement of Carson Palmer. More life was brought to the possibility of Cousins choosing to sign with the Cardinals after he took to social media on Friday afternoon posting a photo of himself and All-Pro wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald with the caption stating that the 34-year-old is a “great recruiter.”
Since confirming that he will return for a 15th season, Fitzgerald has been vocal about helping his team bring in another proven quarterback in the mix. He had already publicly made a pitch to Cousins during an interview on the Dan Patrick Show prior to Super Bowl 52.
Fitzgerald’s involvement in the recruiting process could be huge in helping the Cardinals have a realistic chance of landing the 29-year-old. He has shown no decline in his performance on the field by playing at an elite level coming off his third straight year with at least 100 catches and 1,000 receiving yards that helped earn his 11th Pro Bowl selection.
However, Fitzgerald is only under contract for the 2018 season with a $16.5 million salary cap hit and looks to be playing on a year-to-year basis at this point in his career. His long-term future with the franchise could be a key aspect in the pitch to Cousins as he would likely want to know if the star wideout is committed to sticking around for a few more seasons beyond 2018.
If there is anything to take away from this Instagram post is that the Cardinals may actually be in the thick of sweepstakes to snag the Pro Bowl quarterback despite only possessing $21.5 million in salary cap space.