Cardinals get input from Fitzgerald on quarterback position

Three years ago, Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald had the franchise over a contractual barrel.  Eventually, the Cards folded, giving Fitzgerald a four-year, $40 million contract with an eight-figure annual average that no other receiver has met or surpassed since.

Now, as Fitzgerald prepares to enter the final year of the deal, which includes a provision preventing the team from using the franchise or transition tag to keep him in Arizona for 2012 (or to trade him for value after the season), the Cards are soliciting his advice when it comes to a acquiring their next quarterback, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Schefter reports that Fitzgerald’s top choice is Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb.  Another name Fitzgerald reportedly has mentioned is Ravens backup Marc Bulger, who was cut by the Rams in the 2010 offseason after the Cardinals had signed Derek Anderson.

Not mentioned on Schefter’s list is Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb.  Or, for that matter, any of the guys currently on the roster:  Anderson, Max Hall, and John Skelton.

If the Cardinals hope to keep Fitzgerald, it makes some sense to include him in the process of picking the next quarterback.  From a big-picture perspective, however, it gives Fitzgerald lots of power — more power than any player arguably should have.  Not only will the next quarterback feel indebted to Fitzgerald (and thus more likely to force the ball to him even when Fitzgerald isn’t the best option) but the guy who gets the job will fear that alienating Fitzgerald could get him fired.

And where does Fitz’s new juice end?  Will Fitzgerald’s next move entail insisting on a new head coach after the 2011 season, if things don’t go well next year?

It could make more sense for Arizona to try to get a Herschel Walker-style package of picks and players, and to continue to trust coach Ken Whisenhunt to build a Steelers-style roster that doesn’t cater to any one player, on offense or defense.

31 responses to “Cardinals get input from Fitzgerald on quarterback position

  1. Larry Fitz will not be traded… So why not get his input on a QB if they are going to keep him. Larry is a class act WR unlike Ocho or TO and will never be classified as a diva!

  2. “It could make more sense for Arizona to try to get a Herschel Walker-style package of picks and players, and to continue to trust coach Ken Whisenhunt to build a Steelers-style roster that doesn’t cater to any one player, on offense or defense.”

    Too late for that

  3. Ken Whisenhunt is a bottom-three head coach alongside Mike Smith and Jack Del Rio. If you really think Whisenhunt and Haley properly used their weapons when they had them or you think replacing Reggie Wells with past-his-prime Alan Faneca was a good decision, you are sorely mistaken.

    In Whiz’s defense, he did want to get smart, quick-release Bulger in the previous offseason.

    Larry definitely wants a new quarterback but if Boldin can be had for basically a 4th rounder, could you milk a 1st for Larry?

    If possible, that seems like a win-win for a Cardinals team with no offensive line, no defensive tackle and for whatever team wants to get a guy who is acclimated to NFL defenders, route-running and work ethic rather than gamble that A.J. Green or Julio Jones will be as good as Fitz.

  4. Talking to veteran players makes sense. Fitzgerald is known as a serious football guy – you should be listening to guys like that. It doesn’t mean you give them veto power.

    If the Cardinals don’t like losing him after this year – trade him to the Patriots for a first round pick this year, and a second next year. Mmmmm…..

  5. Doesn’t really matter who the new QB is, seeing that Larry will be coming back to his home state of MN after his contract is up.

  6. The Cardinals have the #5 pick, The draft is how you build your team. Maybe they don’t see a franchise qb in the top 5.

  7. Free agency is how you build a team. The bears have missed so many draft picks, but their free agent pick ups have worked out.

  8. Cards should let the owner Bidwell make more decisions. The Bidwell family’s track record with the Cards speaks for itself.

  9. “Doesn’t really matter who the new QB is, seeing that Larry will be coming back to his home state of MN after his contract is up.”

    Too bad there won’t be a team in MN when his contract is up.

  10. what they should do is trade down a couple times from 5 and get somewhere in the 20’s while accumulating as many picks as they can. then the cards can pick up Kolb & still get more quality players in the draft. you need more talent not just 1 player to turn that team around.

    or Kolb for Caliaus Campbell & 2nd rounder.

  11. Kolb had 4 years to show something, and all he has shown is occasional sparks of being a good QB. Eagles will gladly take the 5th pick of the draft and a mid round pick for him. Kolb needs a great OL, 2 or 3 really good receivers, and a very good running back to be good. Arizona would probably be the worst team for a QB like Kolb to go to because the organization is so cheap. All they have is Larry and Beanie, but Beanie is just okay. Good luck Cardinal fans. You will need it if your team gets Kolb instead of going after a proven commodity at QB.

  12. Trade Skelton and a 1st round pick for Kevin Kolb it would be well worth it for the Cardinals and Eagles.The Cardinals would get a young starting QB and the Eagles would get a draft pick to help rebuild the defense plus a good young QB to develop.

  13. I don’t agree with your take on this. Why wouldn’t you go to a top notch guy like Fitzgerald & have him buy into the enw guy throwing him the pill? He can leave after next year…don’t you want to do all you can to have him stay – like bring in a QB he’s happy to work with? Better to just bring in a guy who might not fit with the most important piece of your offense, as of now? Think your take is wrong…also think it won’t matter. Fitz will move on to greener pastures asap…

  14. No mention of McNabb? What a shock! No Vince Young. I guess Fitz wants someone that can actually throw and hit him in stride.

  15. Fitz is big time. Hope he stays with the Cards for life. If he wants to give his input PRIVATELY to the organization, that is fine.

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