COMMENTARY | The Green Bay Packers are entering a very interesting offseason, and there is a very real chance that GM Ted Thompson will look to make a splash or two. Green Bay is coming off of a very tough season last year that saw a lot of injuries, but they were still able to make a playoff run. They will likely be losing multiple weapons on offense in Jermichael Finley and James Jones, so that could very well put them in the market for a wide receiver.
Obviously losing James Jones and Jermichael Finley will be big losses for the Packers, but they could make those losses go away with one very simple move. The Arizona Cardinals are expected to listen to offers for star wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, and he could be the fix for all the offensive issues in Green Bay. Aaron Rodgers has put up huge numbers with his receiving corps, but adding a player like Fitzgerald would make them look even more unstoppable.
This isn't going to be a trade that the Packers will likely take a look at, but it is certainly an interesting situation to think about. Fitzgerald played in all 16 games with the Cardinals last season, catching 82 passes for 954 yards and 10 touchdowns. Adding a playmaker with his ability in the red zone would be exactly what the doctor ordered for Mike McCarthy and the offense.
Fitzgerald's contract is extremely pricy, which makes acquiring him next to impossible for the Packers. They could afford to bring him in, but their primary focus is going to be on the defensive side of the football. There wouldn't be a happier player in the NFL following the acquisition of Fitzgerald than Aaron Rodgers if something like this was to go down.
The Packers' offense is already one of the most dangerous in the league, but adding Fitzgerald would bring a weapon that Rodgers has never had before. His size combined with his athletic ability and great hands would be an incredible duo to watch. Fitzgerald has never played with a quarterback as talented as Rodgers, so he would be ecstatic about the move as well without question.
Overall, the fact of the matter is that the addition of Larry Fitzgerald would complete the Packers' offense. They don't need to focus on the offensive side of the football, but if they decided that they wanted to make some improvements, this would be an ideal way to do it. This is certainly not something that will happen, but it is very intriguing to think about the Green Bay offense with Fitzgerald on board as well.
Evan Massey lives in Indianapolis and has followed the Green Bay Packers for the past 16 years. He has written for many sports websites including ProSportsExtra.com, Hoops-Nation.com, ProFootballSpot.com, and NaptownsFinest.com. Follow Evan on Twitter at @massey_evan.
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