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Report: Patriots asked about acquiring Larry Fitzgerald

Larry Fitzgerald, Antonio Cromatie

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, left,teases a Team Rice teammate, New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromatie, right, during NFL football Pro Bowl practice at Kapolei High School on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, in Kapolei, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)


The Patriots’ search for wide receiver help continued throughout last season.

But they tried to make a sizable splash to address the problem.

According to Tom Curran of, the Patriots “sent out feelers” to the Cardinals last year to see if Larry Fitzgerald happened to be available available.

There’s no indication the inquiry was viewed as serious, or progressed very far.

Fitzgerald is 30, and will count $18 million against the salary cap, so it might be worth calling back.

The Patriots got a good year out of Julian Edelman, but the need for a big-time target for Tom Brady remains.

Of course, the Cardinals showed a pulse this year under new coach Bruce Arians, just missing the playoffs at 10-6, so dealing a key part might not be anything they’d consider at all.

At any rate, the fact the speculation had some legs last offseason will make it a topic until the Patriots make a move at the position.