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Fitzgerald shows commitment to Cardinals

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Dan Arkush

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By Dan Arkush

Our Cardinals sources have been telling us for a long time just how tough it often is to get an accurate read on star WR Larry Fitzgerald. But there was certainly no denying Fitzgerald’s intentions earlier this week, when he cemented his commitment to the Cardinals entering the final year of his hefty contract by taking it upon himself to get on the phone with a host of teammates and organize voluntary team workouts at Arizona State's practice field. Fitzgerald also arranged to fly in recently retired WR coach Jerry Sullivan — a big favorite of former teammate Anquan Boldin whom Fitzgerald had never worked with before — to help out at the sessions, which we hear are expected to continue 3-4 days a week for the next week or two. 

“There was a pretty good crowd out there,” one source on the scene told PFW. “When Larry Fitzgerald calls, you listen, much like it is with Adrian Wilson on the other side of the ball. I think last year really bothered him, and he realizes that, with leaders like (Kurt) Warner and Boldin who would have considered doing something like this being gone, it fell on him to step up and provide more leadership. It’s a big change in him. He would have never taken the lead with something like this earlier in his career.”

It’s worth noting, though, that Fitzgerald’s impressive effort in getting these workouts organized should not be interpreted as a sure sign he will re-up with the Cardinals.

“He’s doing this as much because of his desire to go down as one of the great receivers ever and keep working on improving his game as anything, He really was excited about working with Sullivan,” the source said. “At the end of the day, though, I do think he’d rather stay in Arizona.”

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