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Arians: Cards 'status quo' before deadline

TEMPE, Ariz. – While coach Bruce Arians and general manager Steve Keim are always on the lookout for ways to improve the Arizona Cardinals, they kept their finger off the trigger before Tuesday’s trade deadline.

In fact, Arians made it sound like they weren’t involved in any trade talks this year.

“We were status quo,” Arians said on his weekly SiriusXM NFL Radio appearance. “We’re always willing to listen. And Steve and I are always proactive in trying to see if something’s better for our organization and our football team, but I like our group of guys right now.

“We are who we are, and we’re finding out that we’re a little bit better than we thought we were.”

And that includes Pro Bowl wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who was the subject of the biggest trade rumors this season.

Arians didn’t know about said rumors, which began Sunday morning, until he arrived at University of Phoenix Stadium for the Cardinals' game against Atlanta. He didn’t talk to Fitzgerald about the rumors, Arians said, and the potential of a trade never became a distraction, mainly because Keim quashed the idea early Monday morning.

“Larry’s a professional,” Arians said. “The one thing he knows is how we feel about him.

“He’s going to retire a Cardinal. I don’t know where it came from. We love him to death and he is the face of the franchise.”