Cards ask Larry Fitzgerald's opinion

Updated: February 7, 2011, 1:14 AM ET
By Adam Schefter | ESPN

The Arizona Cardinals like to go to Pro Bowl wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald when it matters most. This offseason the team has turned to Fitzgerald in a different way.

The Cardinals have solicited Fitzgerald's opinion on which quarterback the team should trade for or sign, according to league sources.

Fitzgerald's first recommendation was Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb, for whom the Eagles are expected to entertain trade offers. Fitzgerald also brought up Baltimore Ravens backup quarterback Marc Bulger, whose contract is up this offseason.

What's also notable about Arizona asking Fitzgerald for his opinion is that the Cardinals know they have to keep their wide receiver happy. Fitzgerald is entering the last year of his contract and if the Cardinals don't have a viable quarterback, their Pro Bowl wide receiver might be less likely to re-sign.

But if Arizona shores up its quarterback position, it likely will shore up the fact that it can keep Fitzgerald long term.

Adam Schefter is ESPN's NFL Insider.