Team president Michael Bidwill attended practice Wednesday and briefly met with the media during his stay.
— On the flurry of moves by the team and the effort to overhaul the roster: “We knew we had a great opportunity in a short window when the Collective Bargaining Agreement was finished. We knew we wanted to step in and be aggressive, we weren’t going to let the market settle or anything. We just wanted to put our best foot forward. We wanted to take a shot at some of the best players out there, and I think we have really improved the team.”
— On having patience when fans begin to wonder why the team isn’t doing anything: “There was a weird set of rules where we could negotiate but not sign free agents and we couldn’t announce anything. We knew we were getting a lot of things done. We felt there was a lot of aggressiveness that people would eventually see. We had a lot of (cap) space with which to work, and we intended to use it.”
— On the chances of wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald signing a contract extension before the start of the regular season: “I am optimistic. I think Larry wants to get it done, we want to get it done, we’ve got the cap space. We are looking forward to working with him. Rod’s been working on that. … I think you can get contracts done very quickly and we have a lot of motivation.”
— On why the Cards decided to be so aggressive in the player market this offseason compared to other years: “Things happen very quickly. I think that’s the difference, everything was rapid fire where we were doing multiple transactions in a day. I think that was part of it. … But I think we had a plan in place where as soon as the lockout was over, we were going to make strides in improving the team. Nobody was happy with last year. We want to get back to being the team we can be.”
— On bringing another Super Bowl to University of Phoenix Stadium and Arizona: “I feel good about it, it’s just us and the Tampa/Orlando region (for the next available game). Mike Kennedy, chairman of the Super Bowl committee and the rest of the committee have done a terrific job working with the tourism and hotel industries in all the cities to put together a very competitive bid. We will be back in New York in two weeks discussing the details and then we will be pitching it later this fall.”
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