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Fitz still OK with Cardinals “scenery”

Posted by Darren Urban on March 9, 2011 – 10:27 am

Larry Fitzgerald has been doing a lot of interviews of late, and given the status of his contract – in case you’ve been under a rock, it’s due to expire after the 2011 season and the Cards want to extend the deal – there are many of those questions asked. It also means Fitz’s words are analyzed and scrutinized (hey, I’ve done the same thing).

Then Fitz went on a Chicago radio station and was asked about a friend, defensive tackle Tommie Harris, who was released by the Bears after a year or two of speculation that he might. Fitzgerald talked about how he was “hurt” his friend was cut, and while he was answering, mentioned, “a change of scenery is sometimes the best thing.”  That led to a National Football Post story about the interview, a story that asked if Fitzgerald might have been subtly talking about his own situation.

To which Fitz says no.

“I was just talking about Tommie Harris,” Fitzgerald said in a text message this morning. Fitzgerald is surprised people are reading too much into what he considered an innocuous and straight-forward comment. It’s probably inevitable his words will continue to be dissected until he signs a new deal, but Fitzgerald said nothing has changed with his mindset that he still would like to remain a Cardinal in the future.


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46 Responses to “Fitz still OK with Cardinals “scenery””

  1. By NFL Predictions on Mar 9, 2011 | Reply

    As one of the elite WR in the league LF is a true competitor, and is definitely going to want to win. What the Cards do at the quarterback position on 2011 will be key towards Fitz staying in the sun.

  2. By D on Mar 9, 2011 | Reply

    Must have had a few cups of coffee this am Urbs, your on fire

  3. By John the draft guy on Mar 9, 2011 | Reply

    Darren
    NFL network is saying, if the Cards view Larry as the best, the contract needs to be between 15 to 18 million a year. His last one was around 10 million.
    Any thoughts?

  4. By Phoenixraven1 on Mar 9, 2011 | Reply

    Sign him up!!!!

  5. By Darren Urban on Mar 9, 2011 | Reply

    John the draft guy —

    RE: Fitz potential deal

    I think the Cardinals are going to do what it takes to keep Fitz here.

  6. By Nick Pepe on Mar 9, 2011 | Reply

    All signs continue to him staying a Card. Forever.

    Nick Pepe

  7. By brad oneill on Mar 9, 2011 | Reply

    poor fitz, can’t say anything without it being tied directly back to the medias need for him to want to leave. the guy was unhappy like he should have been last year. but he believes in the coach and the system and all indications are the management will bring in a quarterback.

    There are all kinds of options out there. hell jake plumber even said he would love to throw ducks to larry fitzgerald.

    John Skelton should be spending this off season getting better as he will face some mighty competition come preseason if there is a preseason.

  8. By JOHN on Mar 9, 2011 | Reply

    Darren,

    Would the cards considered going for Carson palmer?

  9. By Darren Urban on Mar 9, 2011 | Reply

    John —

    RE: Palmer

    Consider? Yes, I’d think they’d consider.

  10. By Greg on Mar 9, 2011 | Reply

    No more players from Ohio please, professional or amateurs

  11. By drummer-1 on Mar 9, 2011 | Reply

    he would like to remain a cardinal in the future…

    Now i hope the fritz will leave post will stop… but i doubt it…

  12. By #1CardinalFan on Mar 9, 2011 | Reply

    Fitz is THE best, and AZ will do whatever it takes to keep him. I agree that he wants to remain a Card for the future and possibly, and hopefully, his whole career. Fitz is a loyal and religious guy and I think he can lead us way beyond just one Super Bowl win in the future.

  13. By #1CardinalFan on Mar 9, 2011 | Reply

    By the way.
    Darren, do you see Arizona leaning toward Bulger anymore than any other QB?

  14. By Darren Urban on Mar 9, 2011 | Reply

    #1CardinalFan —

    RE: Bulger

    Not necessarily. I think he’s a free-agent option, but I think the players available in trade are on the radar.

  15. By D on Mar 9, 2011 | Reply

    Don’t see a trade for Palmer due to Cincy being Cincy,MN would offer a better deal for Kolb than AZ. Only option I believe would be for Orten, but Denver has said they want to keep him.
    If Buffalo falls for Cam and draft him, I would call the Bills and offer a 2nd rounder for Fitzpatrick

  16. By Javi on Mar 9, 2011 | Reply

    sooooo will we get tiki barber

  17. By Alex Mann on Mar 9, 2011 | Reply

    Again off topic but Tiki Barber? Any chance the cards will give him a shot?

  18. By Scott H on Mar 9, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t wanna ever see Fitz wear any color other than Cardinal red.

  19. By cardfan6 on Mar 9, 2011 | Reply

    John the draft guy o, NO ONE IS WORTH THAT MONEY

  20. By Phoenixraven1 on Mar 9, 2011 | Reply

    Stinking CBA…

  21. By ster44 on Mar 9, 2011 | Reply

    Darren

    Which of the Quarterbacks that are free agents or on the trade block do you personally think will fit with the Cards style of play and the team chemistry the best?

  22. By John on Mar 9, 2011 | Reply

    With Larry Fitzgerald the answer you get is the answer. No need to parse words. He is a straightup good man. You can believe what he says. The NFL, and America could use a lot more men like Fitz.

  23. By Darren Urban on Mar 9, 2011 | Reply

    ster —

    RE: QBs that fit

    That’s to be seen. I don’t know, for instance, if Kolb makes sense just because we haven’t seen a lot of him. The styles of Orton, Palmer and Bulger, for instance, seem to fit, but in the case of the latter two, are they just too far down their career path?

  24. By AndyStandsUp on Mar 9, 2011 | Reply

    Whiz admitted he asks certain players about personnel decisions and Fitz gave his opinion on QBs. Would this extend to other aspects of the team? Would Ken seek Larry’s thoughts on friends Tommie Harris and Tavaris Jackson?

  25. By Norwin Cheney on Mar 9, 2011 | Reply

    SiGN HIM AGAIN!!! NO MATTER HOW MUCH IT COST FOR HIM TO STAY WITH THE CARDS.THAT THE BEST THING THE CARDS GOT….

  26. By Ty on Mar 9, 2011 | Reply

    Fitz just put on Facebook that the 18 game season is off the cab table. Any info on that?

  27. By Canadian Red Bird on Mar 9, 2011 | Reply

    QB search:

    Denver appoints Orton as the starter not because they feel he’s their # 1 guy; but because its their way of getting more trade value when the time comes to move him.
    Regarding Bulger, how can you get excited about a guy that two years ago was no better than DA in Arizona and last year he never threw a pass. Be patient cardinal fans with the quarterback situation; much like the path taken in securing a DC. Finally, 17 mill seems a lot for a top ranked receiver and if signed for that amount, limits what you can do in other key positions. Fitz isn’t the only one on this team that wants to win. Hopefully we don’t give up some talented draft picks to bring Kolb in to keep Larry happy. Don’t be surprised if you see Fitz in a N.E uniform for multi draft picks. My crystal ball says Palmer for a 3rd or 4th rounder. What do you think Darren?

  28. By Jarrod on Mar 9, 2011 | Reply

    Darren,
    Off subject, any idea what tender Dennis Dixon got from Pittsburgh, and your thoughts bringing him in to compete as a back up? He has had some success in spot duty and may not be all that expensive.

  29. By R Robles on Mar 9, 2011 | Reply

    We love you Larry Cardinal 4 Life baby. Tommy Harris would be a good sign

  30. By georgiebird on Mar 9, 2011 | Reply

    Darren,
    The Fitz situation is much like the Pujols’ one. If the player prices himself out of the team’s comfort zone, then an overpaying (big market) team will win his services.
    If the Cardinals draft AJ Green then you’ll know they feel Larry will be asking for the moon.

  31. By John the draft guy on Mar 9, 2011 | Reply

    Cardfan6
    Peyton is rumored to be commanding 20-25 million a year. And as hard as it is to say this, I think he is worth it,

  32. By Eazy E on Mar 10, 2011 | Reply

    The media is full of BS for real. He clearly was talking about tommie harris.

  33. By carlo7000 on Mar 10, 2011 | Reply

    darren
    if gabbert after pro days and interwiew give positive sign to the coach and manager graves..do you see chance of taking him at number 5???

  34. By Darren Urban on Mar 10, 2011 | Reply

    Ty —

    RE: 18 game season

    All reports today say that issue has been tabled.

  35. By Darren Urban on Mar 10, 2011 | Reply

    Canadian —

    RE: Fitz/Palmer

    Maybe on Palmer. Fitzgerald isn’t getting traded.

    I have to speculate on a lot of stuff, but two things I am sure of: McNabb won’t be a Card in 2011, and Fitzgerald will be.

  36. By Darren Urban on Mar 10, 2011 | Reply

    Jarrod —

    RE: Dixon

    I don’t know his tender, but right now, with Skelton, there is no reason to bring in any other QB who would be a backup.

  37. By Darren Urban on Mar 10, 2011 | Reply

    Georgie —

    RE: Fitz talks

    They already know what Fitz is asking for. And I am telling you — and anyone else — if Fitz leaves, it won’t be because of money.

  38. By Darren Urban on Mar 10, 2011 | Reply

    Carlo —

    RE: Gabbert

    I am not ruling out anything right now. Except for A.J. Green.

  39. By CZarr on Mar 10, 2011 | Reply

    Darren,

    Thanks for pulling out my question. To be honest I didn’t think you’d touch the subject! First name is Cody, just in case this happens again. lol

  40. By carlo7000 on Mar 10, 2011 | Reply

    darren
    so right now you are not ruling out also newton???

  41. By Darren Urban on Mar 10, 2011 | Reply

    Carlo —

    RE: Newton/Cards

    Right now, I think Cam to Az is highly unlikely. But no, I wouldn’t rule it out.

  42. By Dewayne on Mar 10, 2011 | Reply

    Hello Darren!
    I would just like to say there were many great players like, “Dan Marino” who gave everything to only retire with no SB Ring! Mr. Fitzgerald I pray there is season next year so i may enjoy watching you play in a Cardinals Uniform one last time. If you decide to leave, I will always be a Fitz Fan even if your wearing a Packers Jersey. Thank You for every yard!!! We were so close!! Go get your ring Fitz. YOU DESERVE IT!!!!!!!! Dewayne Y

  43. By carlo7000 on Mar 10, 2011 | Reply

    darren
    re newton/cards
    check here..he will have a private workout for cardinals

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com…kouts-tracker/

  44. By Logan Cooper on Mar 10, 2011 | Reply

    Darren,
    I love Fitz but if he were to ask for so much that it would be a detriment to our salary cap and signing other good players. Would the cardinals still want to sign him? 18 million a year is asking for trouble.
    I love fitz but I feel how good he is getting out of hand.

  45. By Brad Oneill on Mar 11, 2011 | Reply

    canadian red bird- nfl network said Bulger looked really good in practice last year and was a great team guy in the locker room. he took a beating on that rams team and a year out of the trenches may have been good for him.

    Of course behind our line last year he probably would have met the same fate as DA and Max Hall. Things got better by the end but would bulger still have been in one piece? by the way kurt was under heavy pressure for most of his time in az as well. its a tough life being a qb in az. do you think kurt would have walked away if it wasn’t for all the hits? .

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