Fitzgerald: Every receiver would love to play with Peyton Manning

Feb 2, 2012, 4:35 PM | Updated: 4:58 pm

Last summer, as the Cardinals searched for a quarterback,
Larry Fitzgerald’s name came up often.

The team’s best player, it was thought (true or not) Fitz
had some say in who the team was targeting. At the very
least, the hope to sign the Pro Bowler to a contract
extension had to have played a role in the move to go out
and get a guy like Kevin Kolb, who was considered by many
to be the best QB on the market.

Things didn’t work out as planned in Kolb’s first season
with the Cardinals, and while Fitzgerald isn’t campaigning
for the team to get a new signal caller, he said he’d like
to play with one who could be on the market very soon.

“Everybody, you play receiver, would love to play with a
quarterback like Peyton Manning,” he told ESPN Radio’s
Mike and Mike. “I think Peyton Manning should be in
contention for winning the MVP this season. That’s how
valuable he is to this league and obviously how valuable
he is to the Indianapolis Colts.”

The Colts, once a perennial playoff team, slipped to 2-14
last season, with Manning not playing a single snap due to
a neck injury. Set to take Stanford QB Andrew Luck with
the number one overall pick in the NFL Draft, the Colts
could part with their MVP, giving the rest of the NFL a
chance to get one of the game’s best players.

And, since there have been plenty of reports
linking the Cards to Manning,
it’s possible one of the
team’s current QBs could be a bit miffed at the idea of
possibly being replaced.

“Obviously Peyton is a first-ballot Hall of Famer, and a
lot of teams are going to be interested,” Fitzgerald said.
“They might not be unhappy with their quarterback play,
but you know Peyton is an upgrade to what you already
have.

“I think there’d probably be some feelings hurt.”

Maybe so, but that’s a risk the Cardinals would have to
take.

Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals' Kyler Murray (1) participates during the team's NFL football practice, Wednesday...
Nikash Nath

Cardinals’ Kyler Murray among top 5 QBs in multiple PFF passing metrics

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray's accuracy was on point in 2021, especially when looking at deep throws.
3 days ago
Arizona Cardinals linebacker Isaiah Simmons #9 during the NFL game between the Arizona Cardinals an...
Nikash Nath

PFF’s Renner: Cardinals’ Isaiah Simmons a breakout candidate in Year 3

Cardinals' inside linebacker Isaiah Simmons was named a potential year three breakout candidate by PFF's Michael Renner.
2 days ago
Rodney Hudson #61 of the Arizona Cardinals in the huddle during the game against the Tennessee Tita...
Wills Rice

Former Cardinals C A.Q. Shipley thinks offense needs to find identity

"For (Kyler) the next step is just grabbing everyone around him, whether he just needs one play and everyone will look to him," Shipley said.
3 days ago
General Manager Steve Keim of the Arizona Cardinals looks on prior to the game against the Baltimor...
Tyler Drake

Important NFL dates to remember and how they impact Arizona Cardinals

A look at the important league dates to circle on your calendar and how they relate to the Arizona Cardinals' roster decisions.
3 days ago
Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury takes notes as he watches players taking part in drill...
Tyler Drake

Looming questions for the Arizona Cardinals ahead of training camp

There are quite a few questions marks surrounding the Arizona Cardinals ahead of training camp this offseason.
3 days ago
(Twitter photo/New England Patriots)...
Wills Rice

New England Patriots bring back red uniforms in Back to the Future spoof

The New England Patriots announced the team is bringing back their old-school red uniform and helmet combo for the 2022 season.
4 days ago
Fitzgerald: Every receiver would love to play with Peyton Manning