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Peyton Manning at Cardinals’ facility, joined by Larry Fitzgerald

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Although Larry Fitzgerald has said publicly that he isn’t involved in the Cardinals’ recruitment of Peyton Manning, Fitzgerald got to team headquarters bright and early this morning for the meeting at which the team will attempt to persuade Manning to relocate to Arizona.

Fitzgerald and the Cardinals’ assistant coaches arrived at team headquarters Sunday morning and were ready and waiting when head coach Ken Whisenhunt pulled up with Manning as his passenger, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.

It makes a lot of sense for the Cardinals to ask Fitzgerald to help recruit Manning: As great as Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne were for years in Indianapolis, Fitzgerald would be the best receiver Manning has ever thrown to. Developing a rapport with Fitzgerald could be just the thing to move the Cardinals ahead of the Broncos in the Manning sweepstakes. At the moment, the Broncos seem to be viewed as slight favorites, with the Cardinals in second place.

One person who reportedly isn’t at the Cardinals’ facilities is Manning’s agent, Tom Condon. That may signal that today’s meeting will be about convincing Manning that the Cardinals are the right fit on the field, and that contractual concerns are secondary. And without a doubt, if Manning is to be convinced that the Cardinals are the right fit on the field, Fitzgerald will be a big part of that.

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67 Responses to “Peyton Manning at Cardinals’ facility, joined by Larry Fitzgerald”
  1. trojan33sc says: Mar 11, 2012 1:19 PM

    Bye-Bye Kolb……………

  2. runmjd says: Mar 11, 2012 1:19 PM

    Go to Denver.

  3. jeremywflores says: Mar 11, 2012 1:19 PM

    “It’s about to go down.” – Kevin Hart

  4. edusregis says: Mar 11, 2012 1:21 PM

    Where’s the live feed? The fans want more!

  5. puckthefatriots says: Mar 11, 2012 1:24 PM

    Uh not so fast on the greatest receiver Manning has ever thrown to…Marvin Harrison was better than Fitzgerald..If Harrison was 6-3 220 that statement would not be made…people are infatuated with big receivers..all Marvin cared about was production..Harrison is already being pushed aside because he was not a self promoter(not that Fitzgerald is)

  6. franknunley57 says: Mar 11, 2012 1:25 PM

    team peyton wants houston.

  7. berniesboys says: Mar 11, 2012 1:26 PM

    This could be even more serious than originally thought. Looks from the pic like Fitzgerald is leaning in for a kiss from.

  8. mexneck says: Mar 11, 2012 1:27 PM

    if he’s healthy watch out NFC

  9. bucrightoff says: Mar 11, 2012 1:27 PM

    I wish he’d have the balls to play in KC or Seattle so he could prove he can throw it outside a little

  10. kvanhorn87 says: Mar 11, 2012 1:28 PM

    Didn’t those fools just give up a ransom for Kolb?? Watch him go back to
    Philly. Roflmao

  11. teddybayer123 says: Mar 11, 2012 1:28 PM

    This, he, Mr. Fitzgerald, IS the reason Payton goes to Arizona. Who is he expected to throw to in Denver?

  12. delmonte55 says: Mar 11, 2012 1:29 PM

    Better than Marvin Harrison? Needs a few more productive years before we can say that.

  13. sundevilslegit says: Mar 11, 2012 1:30 PM

    My gut says AZ is the best fit for Payton. He ends up in Denver.

  14. ttfunk says: Mar 11, 2012 1:30 PM

    This is the spot for Manning, it makes the most sense; LF, dome, a young and strong defense, and not to mention a nice division to immediately dominate!

  15. realnflmaster says: Mar 11, 2012 1:31 PM

    Eat is fish fans! The Cards have been to the Super Bowl more recently than you’ve even made the playoffs.

    Woooooo! 18 to 11!

  16. jrspike says: Mar 11, 2012 1:32 PM

    Let us hope that the younger Bidwell is not as cheap as his old man OS.

  17. buffalomafia says: Mar 11, 2012 1:33 PM

    Go to Miami they have an offensive line?

  18. cliffordc05 says: Mar 11, 2012 1:33 PM

    Is Larry Fitzgerald too damn good to be true? On and off the field Fitzgerald epitomizes what the NFL should be. After absolutely torching the Seahawks secondary in the last game of the year he complimented their effort and skill. He recently cut short a vacation to attend a funeral for the wife of a friend (he had to fly back from South America). He organized off-season workouts during the strike and is known for his normal off-season work. If Manning goes to Arizona it will be in large part due to Fitzgerald’s presence.

    As a Seahawk fan, I hate Larry Fitzgerald.

  19. EJ says: Mar 11, 2012 1:34 PM

    I think Arizona would be Manning’s perfect team.
    The only think that might hold him back from signing would be the chance of him knocking his brother out of the playoffs every year.

  20. uncommon1 says: Mar 11, 2012 1:34 PM

    I really hate doing this, but I have to bring up Favre. This story just makes me laugh thinking about how rediculous we are in Minnesota for giving Favre that “OJ style” helicopter coverage when he was enroute to Winter Park. For shame

  21. mhohmann says: Mar 11, 2012 1:35 PM

    Arizona is a dome team and the weather is better for Peyton’s neck. Go to Arizona!

  22. pacodawg says: Mar 11, 2012 1:35 PM

    Huge news! Fitzgerald meets with Manning! Breaking news on CNN!

  23. raiderrob21 says: Mar 11, 2012 1:39 PM

    Arizona would keep the seat warm at the top of the division for a couple years, until the Rams take over.

  24. mattolikesthevikes says: Mar 11, 2012 1:40 PM

    I like it. Even though it’s NFC it feels like the better fit.

  25. hwentworth says: Mar 11, 2012 1:40 PM

    Denver was the favorite when he hadn’t visited anywhere else. Now Arizona is in second place, simply because he’s visiting there after Denver. Until we get concrete reasoning as to why either team is first or second, (or third, as the next team is sure to be) I’m going to do my best to withhold laughter at these reports.

  26. peytonsneck18 says: Mar 11, 2012 1:42 PM

    Hey Arizona. Ask him to throw a 20 plus or more yards throw to Fitzgerald with some velocity on it…. If u do, he will reboard the plane and say. Ill call u. Don’t call me!

  27. t16rich says: Mar 11, 2012 1:43 PM

    Go to Denver please. This offseason is lacking Tebow headlines

  28. eaglesfan94 says: Mar 11, 2012 1:43 PM

    Hey Kolb, you can come back to Philly to be the back-up again! Us fans would give you a warm welcome. Completely serious. After a full season of dealing with Dunce Young, I guess you don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone.

  29. davebrownspiral says: Mar 11, 2012 1:44 PM

    EJ, I assume you meant the only thing that would hold back Peyton signing with Arizona would be the prospect of his younger brother knocking him out of the playoffs every year.

    When it comes to the post season, Eli > Peyton

  30. guthyrenks says: Mar 11, 2012 1:45 PM

    Good observation with Denver and Arizona being the front runners. That may be because that is the only places he has visited….

  31. elchivoj says: Mar 11, 2012 1:45 PM

    More and more, i LOVE denver bringing in manning, wayne, AND Garcon. I also love tebow going back to JACKSONVILLE. Put it in the books

  32. sdffa11 says: Mar 11, 2012 1:47 PM

    i dont think fitz is better than harrison. at least not yet.

    people forget how great harrison really was. in my opinion, he was right up there with owens and moss of the best WR in the early 2000s. 143 catches in a season is pretty good, even if peyton is throwing the ball.

    fitz can catch up to harrison if he plays for a while and keeps up the consistent production but he’s not there yet.

  33. sanjose61 says: Mar 11, 2012 1:48 PM

    Isn’t Brad Childress supposed to be driving the vehicle in these situations?

    Also I believe Jim Schwartz is supposed to have Peyton’s hotel room staked out all night to make sure he doesn’t leave the room.

    Or my dementia’s getting worse.

    Hard to tell.

  34. thcnote says: Mar 11, 2012 1:52 PM

    Nooooooooooo!
    – A Denver fan

  35. sanjose61 says: Mar 11, 2012 1:52 PM

    Seriously though, is a team really going to sign him to a contract without having him workout first?

    How do you give a guy tens of millions of dollars without at least seeing him throw first?

  36. dolfan1 says: Mar 11, 2012 1:58 PM

    I find it funny that Denver and Az fans are too stupid to know they’re being used to negotiate with Miami!

  37. cardinalz1 says: Mar 11, 2012 1:58 PM

    Peyton Manning to Fitz, Heap & Wayne, with Ryan Williams and Chris Wells running the ball! Can you say championship? Go Cardinals

  38. stevenfbrackett says: Mar 11, 2012 1:59 PM

    Whisenhunt better get used to being Peyton’s servant because if the team signs him, that is what he is going to expect. And you just set the precedent that you are only too happy to do it.

  39. randomguy9999 says: Mar 11, 2012 1:59 PM

    he did a national tour yesterday and hes in az today for a staff meeting?

    Ross just got taken on a THIRD ride….. wow

  40. stephdavis0828 says: Mar 11, 2012 1:59 PM

    Peyton wants to be in Houston. If he did the Texans would be the odds on favorite to win the Super Bowl. But we can’t afford him. I would love to see him in a Texans uniform.

  41. mjkelly77 says: Mar 11, 2012 2:07 PM

    Manning is done. Caveat Emptor.

  42. majikalmushr0om says: Mar 11, 2012 2:11 PM

    Wasn’t Fitz lobbying for Kolb last year?
    With that in mind I really question how much sway Larry will have in Peyton’s eyes.

    Peyton already expressed his prefrence to play in the AFC. I really think his best fit is Miami. He has the weather, the home, the offensive line, Reggie Bush and Brandon Marshall, a solid defense and an offensive minded head coach. Not to mention the ability to availability to get Reggie Wayne (who has already expressed desire to play here) and Dallas Clark (TE perhaps Dolphins biggest need after QB). He can get the biggest contract there and doesnt pay state taxes either.

    If not there then Denver but I feel Peyton is too much of a class-act to come and there and give Tebow the boot, especially when they share the same agent. Not to mention the cold and lousy outdoor conditions.

  43. coltamania says: Mar 11, 2012 2:17 PM

    Totally disagree with this statement “As great as Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne were for years in Indianapolis, Fitzgerald would be the best receiver Manning has ever thrown to”. Until Larry Fitzgerald passes Marvin Harrison on all time QB to WR touchdown record there is no argument. Marvin Harrison will be in the Hall of Fame and to date would be ranked a better WR.

  44. northshorejag says: Mar 11, 2012 2:19 PM

    This is just a smoke screen

  45. scottdragosnai says: Mar 11, 2012 2:26 PM

    Houston would be a pretty good fit.
    Scott Dragos NAI

  46. ramitbaby says: Mar 11, 2012 2:32 PM

    Manning to self: “Let’s see….Larry Fitzgerald or Demarious Thomas? 30 degrees and snow or 80 degrees and a roof? Getting cups of urine thrown on me every year in Oakland or …. yeah I choose Arizona.”

  47. CKL says: Mar 11, 2012 2:34 PM

    delmonte55 says: Mar 11, 2012 1:29 PM

    Better than Marvin Harrison? Needs a few more productive years before we can say that.
    –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    Harrison was very good yes, but IMO Wayne was better and Fitz is a stone cold assassin. Harrison also disappeared in the postseason, unlike Fitz. Fitz is also a lot tougher IMO than MH since MH turtled when he caught it usually, which is smart to avoid injury don’t get me wrong, but Fitz is a physical beast. Fitz had one good lung and was playing for NOTHING in week 17 and he was laying his body on the line to make catches. I want Larry Fitzgerald on my team, I don’t care if 1970s Stallworth and Swann, Don Hutson in his prime and John Mackey in his prime too are out there.

  48. blackfootkiller says: Mar 11, 2012 2:34 PM

    Wonder if they talked about that Oline that kept getting Kolb knocked out of games last season?

  49. cbs1971 says: Mar 11, 2012 2:38 PM

    Like I said last week….Manning will be a cardinal..

    Bu-bye……Kolb, you’re services are welcome at cleveland.

  50. jrcoop says: Mar 11, 2012 2:51 PM

    Condon: ” Peyton go visit a few old friends and get a couple big offers so I can get a huge deal from Ross when I see you back in Miami on Monday.”

    Peyton: “Sounds great if it’s OK with Ashley.”

    No Condon No signing. Thanks for the dinner and hospitaliy though.

  51. plum13sec says: Mar 11, 2012 2:56 PM

    like i said before, he is choosing the cards

  52. pcsheward says: Mar 11, 2012 2:58 PM

    You know Fitz has got to be begging Manning: “Peyton, for the love of God, please. My talent is being wasted with these jokers we have at QB. I will do anything you want. Please sign here.”

  53. bodester says: Mar 11, 2012 2:58 PM

    Please go to Denver, strictly for the fact that it will knock Tebow back down to reality that he’s not everything he thinks he is.

  54. young2rice says: Mar 11, 2012 3:09 PM

    I guess he is happy with just one ring..

  55. johntonioholmes says: Mar 11, 2012 3:13 PM

    puckthefatriots

    Dude, Fitz did it all with Skelton and Kolb throwing to him.

    There’s no way that Harrison would have turned in 1,400 yards with those 2 guys behind center.

    I’ve said it before: Manning has never had a receiver that is going to avoid a jam at the line, or out-jump the defender and rip the ball out of his hands.

    Harrison and Wayne were great speedy, route-runners with great hands, but they would have had average/solid careers if they weren’t playing with Manning.

    Fitz has been great with every average QB they’ve given him.

    I would love to see what Manning could have done with a receiver who could out-jump everyone for the ball.

  56. johntonioholmes says: Mar 11, 2012 3:19 PM

    coltamania

    Make Marvin Harrison play with John Skelton, Matt Leinart and Kevin Kolb.

    Fitz was a pro-bowler with those jokers.

    Harrison was great–don’t get me wrong–but he wouldn’t have ever caught 100 passes in a season without Manning.

    Even if Brady was his QB, he would have only turned in some good seasons. Never would he have caught 144 passes. Harrison caught that many passes because Manning threw it where ONLY Harrison could catch it. Half of the time, he wasn’t even open.

    Fitz is never covered because he could just out-jump the defender.

  57. meytonpanning says: Mar 11, 2012 3:28 PM

    It just makes sense if he went to Miami… But I would be equally happy with AZ.

    And really I think RAMS FANS should be happy if he went to AZ as well because:

    1) with all the draft picks Fisher has over the next few years he’s bound to get some young talent.
    2) That young talent could quickly become experienced from playing Peyton so often for 2-4 years. (assuming he’ll retire no later than 4 years)

  58. mnsportsrube says: Mar 11, 2012 3:34 PM

    larry’s pitch:

    Hey, peyton, We’re not Miami!

  59. jgava19 says: Mar 11, 2012 3:36 PM

    I’ve been saying it for 2 months now. He’s going to Zona and taking Reggie with him. Gonna be deadly.

  60. colt2011 says: Mar 11, 2012 3:38 PM

    Visit #2 and already speculation that just because 1 receiver is there to meet and greet, Peyton will be swayed.

    He’s going to visit all teams on his shortlist. Period. Then he’ll have 1 full day to sit with all his advisors (including family) to discuss in detail all the pros and cons.

    IF he’s planning to make a decision by start of free agency, there’s not much time left to consider other potential offers.

    No doubt he’ll be arriving home in the middle of the night to avoid media pursuit.

    Leave the guy alone. It’s his decision to make. He just lost his 14 year job. He’s a free agent and entitled and qualified to look for work. Just like all the rest.

  61. jgava19 says: Mar 11, 2012 3:39 PM

    Give up the Houston Talk. It isn’t happening. He loves the fans of Indy way too much to stay in the division. Bet everything you got on that.

  62. franknunley57 says: Mar 11, 2012 4:08 PM

    Mort on espn (team manning’s mouthpiece) said on friday that peyton would be interested in houston. that was team manning’s way of courting houston.
    1. super bowl ready team.
    2. warm weather,dome.
    3. afc.
    4. he’d love to stick it to colts,just like farve & g.b.
    5. shcaub is injury prone,on final yr of contract & tradeable, only an 8 mil cap hit to team that takes him.

  63. thepatriotsaregay says: Mar 11, 2012 4:10 PM

    doesn’t Rod Tidwell still play for the Cardinals?

  64. croghan1919 says: Mar 11, 2012 4:13 PM

    Friday chocks up… Miami to Denver.
    Saturday chocks up…Denver to Tempe.
    Sunday afternoon chocks up…Tempe to Miami.
    Sunday evening…dinner with the family.
    Monday morning…helicopter ride to Davie.
    Monday evening…dinner with the family.
    Tuesday 12 noon… Presser from Davie.
    Ahh, What a life!

  65. drewzducks says: Mar 11, 2012 4:24 PM

    Hey Thepatriotsaregay…nice name…I guess that would make you a winnerphobe.

  66. turnmymicup says: Mar 11, 2012 5:23 PM

    Manning to Marshall sounds better to me. Go to MIA!

  67. thesportsguy13 says: Mar 11, 2012 5:33 PM

    Sorry donkey fans he’s not going to Denver. Think he would rather play in a controlled weather environment and throw to Fitz or try to throw a frozen football in 12 degrees??

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