Larry Fitzgerald disputes notion he's advising Cardinals on QB
The Arizona Cardinals are considering a host of options as they plot their big offseason move: the pursuit of a potential franchise quarterback.
One thing they’re not considering is what way All-Pro wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald wants the club to go. That’s been a popular storyline for some time but Fitzgerald poked holes in it in a text message to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic.
“There's not truth to that at all,” Fitzgerald told Somers. “I have no criteria. The two sides haven't even sat down and talked. I have not talked to any coach on staff for six months. I'm like everybody else scrambling to make this season a success.
“There are much more pressing needs for our team than me. I'm under contract. My situation will work itself out. I'm not worried about it; the team shouldn't be, either. I want to be a Cardinal.”
Fitzgerald will be a free agent after this season and the Cardinals know if they don’t find a quarterback that can lead the team back to winning ways, the chances of retaining him are greatly reduced. Fitzgerald’s contract prevents the team from trading him or placing the franchise tag on him. He can walk and the Cardinals would get nothing but a supplemental draft pick in compensation.
So, as Somers notes, the Cardinals know they have to hit it big before this season begins in order to help themselves and build a bridge to the future with Fitzgerald, who projects to become the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL.
“The pursuit of Fitzgerald's happiness has been a story line for the Cardinals since last October when the team started poorly on offense, but it moves to forefront as the Cardinals try to find a quarterback,” Somers wrote.
It all adds up to Arizona making a move for Kevin Kolb in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles. It’ll be an expensive deal but not nearly as expensive as the price the organization will pay if it cannot lock up a quarterback.
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