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Fitzgerald: A.P. would give Cardinals 'huge playmaker'

The Jaguars and Cowboys went out of their way this week to shoot down rumors of trading for Minnesota's Adrian Peterson.

That still leaves the Cardinals as a logical suitor to make a push for the Vikings running back, something All-Pro wideout Larry Fitzgerald would love to see unfold.

"Adrian Peterson is arguably the best back in the NFL," Fitzgerald told Around The NFL on Wednesday. "You know, he's been unbelievable. If he were to leave Minnesota, which I think is maybe a bit unlikely, he would be a huge, huge playmaker for whatever team he went to."

Fitzgerald doesn't know what it would cost to pry Peterson away from the Vikings, but his presence in the desert would add a jolt of electricity to next season's race for the NFC West.

"You have to look at what he's able to do, you know, in terms of controlling the line of scrimmage and breaking short gains and making long gains and finishing in the end zone. I mean, he's the complete package," said Fitzgerald, set to host the Fifth Annual Larry Fitzgerald Double Play Celebrity Softball Game on Saturday in Scottsdale, Ariz. "What he's worth, I'm not a GM, I have no idea on compensation or players. What I do know, he's a dynamic talent and he will be an asset to anybody."

A Peterson trade feels less likely by the day, leaving the Cardinals to mine a rich draft class for help in the backfield.  Third-year back Andre Ellington is a talented player in space, but we don't see the diminutive runner as featured-back material.

While Fitzgerald went out of his way call Ellington "our bell cow," he also acknowledged that when the dust settles, "I think we're going to have multiple backs that are going to help us."

We'll know soon enough if that means a new home for A.P.

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