Larry Fitzgerald says he’s undecided on playing this season

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Free agent wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has not determined whether he will be back for an 18th season.

In an interview today with Rachel Nichols on ESPN, Fitzgerald said he’s undecided on whether he’ll be back with the Cardinals, or any other team, or whether he’ll retire.

“I haven’t decided anything,” Fitzgerald said. “Training camp starts in a few weeks. I’m excited, it’s going to be another great year for the NFL.”

It’s unclear to what extend the Cardinals even want Fitzgerald back. Although they wouldn’t publicly say they don’t want one of the most beloved players in franchise history, Fitzgerald will turn 38 last month and is coming off a season in which he had career-lows in catches (54), yards (409), yards per catch (7.6) and touchdowns (one). The Cardinals signed veteran wide receiver A.J. Green and drafted Rondale Moore in the second round, and they may not think Fitzgerald has a role in their offense going forward.

Still, if Fitzgerald does decide he wants to play, he could likely find a job somewhere. A return home to Minnesota, where he grew up, would be an intriguing possibility. And Fitzgerald might just take his time and even decide after the season has started where he might want to go next.

20 responses to “Larry Fitzgerald says he’s undecided on playing this season

  1. Not knowing is not the attitude teams want from their players. He knows that. So it’s probably really that he doesn’t know if the team has a place for him and wants him back.

  2. One of the classiest, highest end talents the league has seen. A person who seems to be leaving one chapter of his life, but has many many doors open to him. Business, politics, being an advocate for a cause or broadcasting. If I could bet on the successful transition of an athlete to his post playing career I can think of no one who has a higher probability of success than this gentleman. So if he’s taking a little time to put the cork in his career I think a player of his standing and accomplishments in the NFL has earned a little time to stare in his coffee and consider things.

  3. Depends on his money situation. Jason Witten found some moron GM working for the Raiders to give him a one year $4 million contract, $3.5 guaranteed, to contribute 13 receptions for 69 yds and 2 TDs. There are 32 GMs in the league, many of them absolute idiots, that may give you a gravy train.

  4. Always wanted this guy to play in MN. Would be a great mentor for the younger players.

  5. Introducing the AZ Cardinals new pass catching tight end, Larry Fitzgerald. 6’-4”, knows the offensive system, still has the hands and the competitiveness, ran TE routes all last year and is a great blocker downfield. I think there might be a reason AZ let their one pass catching TE go this year and didn’t replace him. D Hopkins, AJ Green, Kirk and Fitz along with Edmonds or Connor at RB, or new rookie speedster flex RB/WR Moore and Kyler’s ability to run or pass would be pretty sick.

  6. PhD says:
    July 9, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    Not knowing is not the attitude teams want from their players. He knows that. So it’s probably really that he doesn’t know if the team has a place for him and wants him back.

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    99 times out of 100, this is a correct statement. But not so with Fitz. Decline in ability or not, he should be calling this shot. If he wants to play, there should be a space for him on the Cards roster.

  7. MostlyRight says:
    July 9, 2021 at 7:40 pm
    Introducing the AZ Cardinals new pass catching tight end, Larry Fitzgerald. 6’-4”, knows the offensive system, still has the hands and the competitiveness, ran TE routes all last year and is a great blocker downfield. I think there might be a reason AZ let their one pass catching TE go this year and didn’t replace him. D Hopkins, AJ Green, Kirk and Fitz along with Edmonds or Connor at RB, or new rookie speedster flex RB/WR Moore and Kyler’s ability to run or pass would be pretty sick
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    Stop it. Dude is 37. Hes is not about to switch to the most physical position on offense just so he can stay on the cardinals. Hes waiting for the right opportunity to join a title contender and if it dsnt arise, he’ll retire as one of the all time greats.

  8. I hope he decides to retire. He’s absorbed enough vicious hits and still seems to have retained possession of his mental acuity. I don’t want to see Fitzgerald end up like Tony Dorsett who sometimes doesn’t even know he’s Tony Dorsett anymore. In 2013, Dorsett announced he was showing signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE.)

  9. jimmyhadthehair says:
    July 9, 2021 at 6:00 pm
    Depends on his money situation. Jason Witten found some moron GM working for the Raiders to give him a one year $4 million contract, $3.5 guaranteed, to contribute 13 receptions for 69 yds and 2 TDs. There are 32 GMs in the league, many of them absolute idiots, that may give you a gravy train.
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    It must really be horrible to have a future HoF TE in the room and at practice with your up and coming TE star. Many teams are paying more then that to players no longer even on their team.

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