One of the greatest receivers to ever step foot on a football field may have taken his last steps.
Larry Fitzgerald’s career has been nothing short of Hall of Fame worthy. The former Pittsburgh Panther took the league by storm after being selected with the third overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft and never looked back. 1,303 catches, 16,279 yards and 116 touchdowns later, Fitzgerald finds himself at the center of retirement rumors once again.
Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, Fitzgerald is “taking some time to collect his thoughts” following another disappointing season for the Arizona Cardinals, a team that hasn’t made the playoffs since the 2015 season. Will having the number one pick in the 2019 NFL Draft and a new head coach in Kliff Kingsbury tempt Fitzgerald to stay another season?
Fitzgerald is set to become an unrestricted free agent this off-season, yet if Fitzgerald were to play another season, it would be hard to imagine him playing outside of the Cardinals organization.
“I’ll leave it to these guys who write the checks” Kingsbury told ESPN, “Like I said, what a great role model, what a great leader to have on your team, and I would be honored and love to work with him. He’s a guy that I’ve admired from afar for a long time, and I think we all hope that he’ll be back.”
The Pitt product currently sits 23 catches away from breaking Tony Gonzalez’s reception record, a possible tempting factor that may lead Fitzgerald back to his 16th NFL season. Although the high-level play of Fitzgerald has dropped in recent years, the removal of Fitzgerald would certainly be a loss for not only the Cardinals, but the rest of the league as well.
There is no expected timetable for Fitzgerald to make his decision.