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Larry Fitzgerald and the Bucs could be something to watch this offseason

Many links and connections being made with this one.

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Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians in 2017 when Arians coached the Cards.
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We don’t know what exactly is going to happen with wide receiver Antonio Brown. Despite the various reports of talks between he and the Buccaneers, there still doesn’t seem to be much progress happening.

If there were a fallback plan, head coach Bruce Arians could suggest bringing in someone he is very familiar with and someone he coached for several years out in Arizona.

Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

There is uncertainty surrounding the veteran receiver and his future not only with the Cardinals, but whether or not retirement is on the horizon. But if he still has gas left in the tank, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio paints a picture that has him reuniting with Arians, offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, and receivers coach Kevin Garver in Tampa Bay.

Second, multiple tentacles connect Fitzgerald to the Buccaneers. Bruce Arians coached Fitzgerald and the Cardinals for five years. Byron Leftwich was an offensive assistant in Arizona. Receivers coach Kevin Garver had that same role with the Cardinals; his online profile with the Bucs specifically touts his work with Fitzgerald.

Florio’s first point lists out Arizona’s offseason acquisition of receiver A.J. Green which essentially places him behind DeAndre Hopkins and Christian Kirk on their wideout depth chart. We just don’t know if that’s what it will take to push Fitzgerald out the door. However, the odds are decent enough for that to happen.

There’s a lot to connect here, including the 37-year-old’s relationship with quarterback Tom Brady. The two even helped PGA golfer Rory McIlroy prepare for a PGA Championship back in 2019. But will it all be enough to help in making the decision for the Bucs?

In 2020 with the Cardinals, Fitzgerald caught 54 passes for 409 yards and a touchdown.