Nothing ever manifested and the rumors were never confirmed on the Cardinals part, but NFL teams took the rumblings very real and according to CSNNE.com, the Patriots were one such team who had interest in acquiring Fitzgerald.
But Tuesday in New York, a source told me that last offseason the Patriots were indeed interested in acquiring Fitzgerald and sent out feelers to gauge the feasibility.
The source didn’t share the timing of the interest — whether it came before or after Aaron Hernandez was arrested for murder, released and jailed is germane — or the level to which talks proceeded. But the source is very well-placed.
CSNNE goes on to suggest the Patriots still have the same pressing need and Fitzgerald’s pending contractual issue (Cardinals are expected to ask Fitz to take a pay cut, something he’s not interested in) could put the wide receiver on the market.
If that happens (which still seems like a long shot), the Patriots appear to have interest according to CSNNE.com