Larry Fitzgerald was playing quarterback for charity Saturday, but he certainly wasn’t the quarterback everyone wanted him to talk about. Not that the Pro Bowl receiver was going to do anything but insist he knew nothing about Peyton Manning.
“If they are doing it, I haven’t heard anything about it,” Fitzgerald said during a break at Kurt Warner’s annual flag football tournament Saturday. “I am as eager as everyone to see him.”
“At this point,” Fitz added, noting the time (12:08 p.m.), “I don’t know anything.”
Take that how you will. Someone asked if Fitz was going to be part of a dinner – a half-joke referencing the did-he-or-didn’t-he meet with Manning at the Super Bowl – and Fitz said “If there is one, I haven’t gotten an invite yet.”
Of course, Fitzgerald as usual was downplaying any role he could even have. Take this comment about his relationship with Manning in the first place: “I just know him in passing. I don’t have his phone number or anything like that. If I saw him I’d know who he is, and he’d probably know who I was and we would speak.”
Given those points, Fitzgerald said he didn’t know what Manning might be searching for when choosing his new team. Safe to say, Fitz wasn’t adding a lot of insight to the situation.
“I haven’t talked to Peyton so I really don’t know what his, you know, what’s important to him,” Fitzgerald said. “Obviously winning is important first and foremost but in terms of style and personnel I don’t know. That would be up to Peyton.”
Fitzgerald said he had faith in the Bidwills and GM Rod Graves to make the right moves in free agency. But he wasn’t going to get specific, especially about the quarterback position.
“There is still a lot of work to be done (with the team),” Fitzgerald said. “I’d hate to speculate on what could or could not happen. John (Skelton) and Kevin (Kolb) both made big strides for us last year.”
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