Larry Fitzgerald “going to take a little time until everything slows down a bit”

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The Cardinals hired a new head coach this week and Kliff Kingsbury was asked about the prospect of coaching wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald during the 2019 season.

Kingsbury said he “would be honored” to work with Fitzgerald and said that everyone in the organization hopes that Fitzgerald decides to return for his 16th season in Arizona. Fitzgerald was on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Sunday and said that he hasn’t made any decision at this point.

Fitzgerald said there’s a “checklist” he follows in the offseason in order to give himself “some time to decompress” and heal after one season before thinking about the next one. Giving time for that to happen coincides with the Cardinals focusing on their coaching staff and Fitzgerald said he’ll speak to Michael Bidwill when things calm down on that front.

“I’ll sit down and talk to Mr. Bidwill and we’ll figure out what’s going to happen from there,” Fitzgerald said. “I know there’s a lot going on back home, new coaches and things are being hired, so he’s busy doing that and obviously the franchise’s future is most important, so I’m just going to take a little time until everything slows down a bit.”

Fitzgerald caught 69 passes for 734 yards and six touchdowns for the Cardinals in 2018.

9 responses to “Larry Fitzgerald “going to take a little time until everything slows down a bit”

  1. He’s saying nothing different than he has the past few years. He will be back with the Cards to try and get those last few #2 record slots behind Jerry Rice

  2. Sad that a great player like Fitzgerald has had to play his entire career with an awful franchise like the Cardinals. No matter how much money he has or what kind of career he’s had, he feels like one of those guys that deserved better.

  3. He may decide to play a season with Bruce Arians and the Buc’s. After the alligator armed Desean Jackson gets traded.

    Never know?

  4. Fitzgerald has plainly stated he will retire as a Cardinal. He is the ultimate teammate and he loves Arizona. He’s not going to the Pats or anybody else.

    Larry has earned the right to take as long as he wants to decide if he wants to return in 2019 and play for the Cards. I’m OK with that decision to either return or retire.

  5. Shut her down Larry. We love you but do you really want to go through a new coaching staff, new offensive scheme for the second time in two years at your age? Walk away with your head high and health intact. You will never be forgotten! Thanks for the many memories.

  6. Fitzgerald will most definitely be back. Larry is already 2nd all time in receiving yards but is only like 20 receptions from 2nd all time on the reception list and can climb higher up the All-Time TD list w/ a few more, he wants to be 2nd all time across the board before he retires. If he played till 38 or so which I’m not sure he would do, he’d have an excellent chance of passing up Rice. Even though Larry Fitzgerald is now more of a #2 receiving option he can still perform at a border line elite level as a #2, the fact he put up the numbers he did putting up 69recs/734yds/6TDs in that utter disaster of an offensive scheme last season shows the guy can still perform at a very high level. My money is on Larry coming back next season, I think he is going to pass the guys up that he can becoming 2nd all time across the board and then will hang them up.

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