Report: Larry Fitzgerald, Peyton Manning to Meet in Indianapolis

Kevin BonnevilleContributor IIIFebruary 2, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 1: Quarterback Peyton Manning and offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen of the Indianapolis Colts look on during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on January 1, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Jaguars defeated the Colts 19-13. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Indianapolis Colts quarterback (and possible soon-to-be free agent) Peyton Manning are expected to have dinner with one another this week in Indianapolis, according to Tom James of the Terre Haute Tribune-Star.

Like he is with several players across the league, Fitzgerald is good friends with Manning. However, according to James, the Pro Bowl receiver would like for his club to consider the future Hall of Fame QB if he does indeed become a free agent.

This news comes after a couple weeks of speculation from the media as Arizona being a possible destination for Manning. It makes sense considering the poor play out of the quarterback position for the Cardinals ever since Kurt Warner retired.

Kevin Kolb is due for a $7 million roster bonus in the middle of March, a couple of weeks after the Colts must decide on whether to pick up Manning. In his first season in the desert, Kolb struggled learning Ken Whisenhunt's system and battled injuries as well.

John Skelton is the other QB on Cards roster. Skelton is a youngster that the coaching staff and a lot of fans are high on, but he remains a project despite his improved play during the second half of the season when Kolb went down.

Anyone who thinks Fitzgerald and Manning are meeting one another just for a friendly conversation about politics and pop culture are kidding themselves. Fitz is there to garner Manning's interest in coming to Arizona and Manning is there to ask Fitz questions about being a Cardinal.

For Manning, he will probably ask Fitzgerald, "What is Whisenhunt's system like? How are the fans? How nice is playing in that stadium for eight games? Will the organization spend the money this offseason to give me all the tools that I need to be successful and lead you guys to another Super Bowl?"

Out of all the teams that would show interest in Manning if he is released by Indy, the Cardinals have one wild card that those teams don't: Fitzgerald. He is arguably the best receiver in the game and a type of player that everyone wants to play with, including Manning.

We will find out in the next couple of months whether Manning will remain in Indianapolis through 2012 or if he will be playing elsewhere come next season. One thing is for sure: You can expect plenty of speculation from the media and fans alike over the next several weeks and months ahead.

This is going to be fun, folks.