The savvy veteran has spent his entire year in a Cardinals uniform, but he currently remains a free agent as training camp begins. It seems highly unlikely that Fitzgerald signs with another team, so his options now appear to be return to Arizona or hang up the cleats.
Although no official announcement has been made by either the team or Fitz himself, speculations have begun to arise about his future. Many fans think this is the end of the road for the long-timer. Fitz is an icon in Arizona, and he will be truly missed if he does retire.
A Living Legend
Larry Fitzgerald has played for Arizona since 2004. He quickly became the go-to guy for a number of quarterbacks because of his glue-like hands and fast open-field speed. If Fitz comes back this season, he will be entering year 18 in his career. That many years in the NFL as a receiver is nearly unheard of.
Fitzgerald turns 38 at the end of the month, making him one of the oldest players in the league. Wide receivers rarely play beyond age 30, much less produce efficient numbers. Larry is the definition of a living legend, and he is a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame.
So, what do the Cardinals do while they wait for an answer? Well, for coach Kliff and company, it is business as usual. New addition AJ Green has been showing out in camp, and he is looking to prove that he is back to his old form. Stud DeAndre Hopkins has been as good as ever as he looks to solidify his place among the greats.
If Fitzgerald does retire, the Wide Receiver room will be in good hands (no pun intended). Apart from Green and DHop, the Cardinals also have an ace up their sleeve in Christian Kirk. It is no doubt that Fitzgerald would be missed, but the Cardinals are still poised for a great season if he decides to hang it up.