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Fitz stumps for Breaston deal

Posted by Darren Urban on September 15, 2010 – 3:41 pm

With the media huddled around Larry Fitzgerald today, Fitzgerald was asked if Steve Breaston’s big game Sunday would help him get a new contract, since Breaston’s deal ends after the 2010 season. That notion brought a smile to Fitzgerald’s face.

“Steve,” Fitzgerald yelled across the locker room after a laugh. “He said you deserve a new contract.”

Breaston looked at Fitz and said, “You?” Fitzgerald responded, “No you! This is your opportunity right now.”

Breaston shook his head, although Fitz kept jabbing. “Oh, you going to say something on Twitter later? Do a Randy Moss! Hey, this is your 15 minutes. ‘Steve is underappreciated, no one loves him around here.’ ”

Then Fitz got more serious. “We definitely want Steve around here,” he said. “He’s been here since Day One with Whiz. A couple of the plays he made (Sunday) embody everything he stands for, his toughness and dedication to the team.”

(Breaston, by the way, wanted no part of talking about his contract situation).

The Cardinals will have decisions/work to do at receiver during and/or after this season. Not only is Breaston scheduled to become a free agent, but Fitzgerald (whose contract won’t allow him to be franchised) will be heading into his final year of his current deal in 2011.


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36 Responses to “Fitz stumps for Breaston deal”

  1. By Bryan on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    Fitz/Breaston need be here for a long time.

  2. By Sebastian Blax on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    “Do a Randy Moss! Hey, this is your 15 minutes. ‘Steve is underappreciated, no one loves him around here.’ “

    That’s good stuff.

  3. By CLR on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    I’ve always loved me some Breaston!! 😀

  4. By Deveau on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    Darren,

    That’s going to be a ton of work to get both Breaston and Fitz back into the fold. What is your opinion in the matter? Do the Cards manage to keep them both?

    Kind regards,

    Cris

  5. By Darren Urban on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    Deveau —

    RE: Breaston/Fitz contracts

    I certainly hope so.

  6. By mike hadzinski on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    Darren long time my friend

    does this kinda have a weird feeling somewhat like the season when Boston martay jenkins and frank sanders ? now the future with Q left down to 2 with Steve and larry both are up soon i hope it doesnt end that way i have more faith in the cards now but ya never no..

  7. By Darren Urban on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    Mike Hadzinski —

    RE: Injured WR

    Wow, you are going back a long way. That was a disaster of a rash of injuries.

  8. By tRiGiDy22 on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    Breaston Would have won the NFC player of the week if Big Dog ADUB didnt Blowup on Sunday!!! Go Bigred

  9. By kauaicardsfan on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    If we can lets get Breaston locked in, he proves to be asset to the team and is part of the core of players we need to keep around!
    Man I wish we had kept Q also, he is doing great in Baltimore not to mention we wouldnt be thin at the receiver position right now.
    The others just have to step it up!!!

  10. By Collin on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    If Breaston keeps performing the way he did last week, no one on the Cardinals will be able to deny his contract. Breaston basically won the game by him self last week for that alone he deserves a new contract. The Cards cannot afford to see Breaston go, it is bad enough Cards fans have to watch Anquan Boldin put up over 100-yards against one of leagues elite defenses.

  11. By Landon on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    Pay da man! haha.

  12. By Dylan on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    darren

    nothing to do with this subject but i was looking at power rankings after week one well the lowest i seen was 31st for the cards and the highest i seen was 20th most of which had the rams ahead of the cards after we just beat them what the hell do these espn guys pay attention too?

  13. By Darren Urban on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    Dylan —

    RE: Power rankings

    They mean nothing.

  14. By David Parra aka: The epitome of a True Arizona Cardinals Fan! on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    Hello Darren. Aside from labor issues…. If the cap stayed the same as it is this year or pretty close… How much money do you think they will be under that respected cap? (ballpark figure) Thank you sir!

  15. By Darren Urban on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    David —

    RE: salary cap

    With no cap, I haven’t begun to pay attention to what it might be.

  16. By MikeG on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Darren–Nice Blogs! Injuries are never a good thing and with the Doucet situation–I would think Roberts and S Williams will get more reps this week in practice. This may be a good thing for these 2 players– getting them some playing time and hopefully developing into dependable receivers. This may pay dividends for us later in the season!!! Also- I hope Beanie can give us some carries this week!!! I think Whiz might run the ball more this week against Atlanta. I know Atlanta has secondary issues but we need more ball control & we can’t have our D on the field for 81 snaps!!

  17. By BLOOD RED on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    Sign him long term asap!Price is going up and that is a soldier we want to keep!I have always known he was under estimated.Very humble man that lets his play talk!With him, Fitz and the rest of the Nest Whiz has assembled we are gonna roll for years to come.Hall or Skelton will come around under the wing of whiz and we will finally get the respect we deserve!!!

  18. By mike hadzinski on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    Darren

    True injuries played the biggest role that year i think we had like 17 players on I.R.
    that yea, but at the end of the year we lost our top 3 WR core even if injury never hit did you expect the cards to sign any of them ? it left us zero talent at the wr postion until we drafted Q fitz etc.back then when Plummer and boston left on the same nite i thought WTF is going on in arizona.Well it turns out the bidwills had a plan i read a article on azcentral.com before the super bowl with plummer on his life now etc he said that the bidwills held up to there word about once they get the stadium the revenue money will come in plummer said you have to give MIKE BIDWILL credit for everything thats going on down there.speaking of plummer did you know he is coaching a football team in idaho

  19. By shannonrobinson on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    Welcome back Reagan Maui’a! My wish for three Polynesians on the team is realized. I hope that Reagan knocks the snot out of some Falcons and Beannie gets his 100 yards. This is a fun team to watch play the game. We’re definately a work in progress and we have all the elements of a power running team. If you run the ball you have to stop the run – the Cards defense can do that.

  20. By Drew on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    Larry must be kidding when he says Breaston is unappreciated every game I go to for the Cards I were Breaston’s jersey except this season I will were a black DRC jersey

  21. By nashville card on Sep 16, 2010 | Reply

    Darren, Any word on Gerald Hayes? How is his back? That would help the run defense tremendously. Good Job as always!

  22. By Darren Urban on Sep 16, 2010 | Reply

    Nashville —

    RE: Hayes

    Gerald is still on the sidelines. Not sure if he is any closer at this point.

  23. By Tyler on Sep 16, 2010 | Reply

    Darren-

    A little off-topic, but do you expect the Cardinals to consider making an offer for A.J. Hawk now that he is available?

  24. By Darren Urban on Sep 16, 2010 | Reply

    Tyler —

    RE: Hawk

    I do not.

  25. By clssylssy on Sep 16, 2010 | Reply

    Absolutely THRILLED for Anquan Boldin playing the way Warner, Fitz, and many fans knew he was capable of but, the “powers to be” weren’t willing to shake lose with the coin–hope this is a lesson learned and our core players will finally get paid . Fitz’s contract won’t let him be franchised??? Never heard that one…must have a great agent and the Cards better start planning ahead!

  26. By card62 on Sep 16, 2010 | Reply

    Darren why not take a shot at Hawk? You think the price too high?
    Do you think the Cardinals try to sign an experienced WR?

    Breaston is great and is going to have a monster year so the longer it takes the Cardinals to sign him this year the more money they will have to pay Steve Breaston. Pay the man.

    Go Cards beat Falcons!

  27. By Darren Urban on Sep 16, 2010 | Reply

    Card62 —

    RE: Hawk

    First, you assume the Packers want to trade him. His agent said he is willing to be traded, but that’s not the same thing. Two, I believe he is a free agent after the season anyway.

    As far as an experienced WR, they may now, if it turns out Doucet is down for a while. The problem is, who do you cut? If you like the young receivers you have, it means you have to dump someone else on the roster (because Doucet is planning on returning).

  28. By Dre on Sep 16, 2010 | Reply

    –Darren

    I don’t know too much about the tender process but didn’t the Cardinals tender Breaston for a #1 pick…meaning if a team wanted him they had to give up a #1 draft pick to get him. If that is true and he is that valuable, then why did they only give him a one year contract. Is that like a pre-promotion before the big promotion? Breaston is bearing most of the risk during the season barring injuries, right. But after the season there is nothing stopping him from going where ever he wants…a la Antrel Rolle.

  29. By Darren Urban on Sep 16, 2010 | Reply

    Dre —

    RE: Breaston

    Your recollection is correct.

  30. By Chris on Sep 16, 2010 | Reply

    For a fith round pick, Breaston is a BEAST!

  31. By Scott H on Sep 16, 2010 | Reply

    Geez, didn’t we just get done with contract issues at WR??? Seems like it never ends. But then again, it says something about the talent that this team has had at that position the past few years. I hope they work it out and keep Fitz and breaston here. Shoot, it was Breaston who made Boldin expendable! Now, he’s one of the guys we have to find a way to keep here. Darren – I know the labor situation makes everuthing more complicated…but do you see the team trying to pre-empt either of these contract situations by addressing it during this season?

  32. By Darren Urban on Sep 16, 2010 | Reply

    Scott H —

    RE: Contracts

    A good question. I don’t know the answer right now. Breaston is more likely than Fitz, I’d say.

  33. By Greg on Sep 16, 2010 | Reply

    breaston will be here as long as the wiz is, mabey longer if the cards are done shopping players

  34. By Anthony on Sep 16, 2010 | Reply

    drew i hope Fitz is joking. Which he is.
    Hey Darren we are going to sign fitz back or give him and steve a new contract right?

  35. By Darren Urban on Sep 16, 2010 | Reply

    Anthony —

    RE: Contracts

    I think so, yes.

  36. By Scott H on Sep 16, 2010 | Reply

    Darren –
    I was thinking the same…I’m of the opinion that Breaston is on the verge of a monster season. It’s all there for him. He’s a full-time starter now, has a good connection with Anderson, looks like the Cards might be throwing more this year than we originally thought, AND he’s got Fitz on the other side drawing most of the attention. I know it’s easier said than done, but maybe the Cardinals ought to think about trying to wrap him up before he has this monster year I believe he will have! The longer they wait, the more expensive he may get. And I’m just assuming there’s no way they’re not intending to keep Fitz here…please tell me that’s a safe assumption!

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