One of the unforeseen side effects of the advent of modern medicine was a better understanding of the impacts of aging in people reaching their mid-30s. Prior to this, the idea of trying to understand how the human body deteriorates during middle age wasn't really necessary. When someone reached their 30th birthday, it was pretty much understood that they weren't going to be around much longer.
Even though advances in health care in the mid 1800s and early 1900s kept people alive a lot longer, it quickly became clear that people simply aren't as physically capable in their 30s as they are in their 20s. As evident as that fact was back then, one would think it would be even clearer today given the volume of physiological studies that have been done, showing specifically why and when the human body ages as it does. Too much history, I know.
But that level of understanding certainly doesn't seem to be the case when it comes to Larry Fitzgerald and quarterbacks.
The Arizona Cardinals' brain trust reportedly asked Fitzgerald for his opinion as to which quarterback they should trade for or sign this offseason. Sources indicated Fitzgerald gave them two names: Kevin Kolb and Marc Bulger.
The Kolb suggestion is a strong one. He will be only 27 years old heading into the 2011 season and has the rough equivalent of only about half of one season's worth of wear and tear on his frame. The price to acquire him could be high, but at least the Cardinals would know that they would have a quarterback capable of giving them at least four -- and possibly as many as six to eight -- seasons worth of good starts.
As commendable as the Kolb recommendation is, the idea of signing Bulger is just the opposite.