In August, the Cardinals signed wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald to a contract extension that runs through the 2017 season but it may wind up going unused.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Fitzgerald has told people close to him that he expects the 2016 season will be the last one of his career. Fitzgerald was asked about his plans beyond the 2016 season a few times during the offseason and said that he hasn’t made any decisions about what the future holds.
He said in April that he doesn’t want to “go through any other quarterback situations,” which suggested that Carson Palmer’s departure from Arizona would have an impact on any decision. Palmer is signed through 2018, however, so the possibility of a new quarterback situation may not be a great one unless things go off the rails this year.
Fitzgerald ranks 11th all-time in receptions, 11th in receiving touchdowns and 15th in receiving yards as the Cardinals prepare to open their season against the Patriots on Sunday night.