Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald may have already played his last down in the NFL. The future Hall of Famer spoke with Dan Hellie of NFL.com Sunday morning and related his ambivalence about playing next year.
Hellie asked if 2016 was Fitzgerald’s last year or if we’ll see him playing for Arizona in 2017.
“I don’t know,” Fitzgerald said. “Right now I’m enjoying the offseason. Giving my body some time to rest. Working on my golf game. Got the kids down at Disney. Having a good time. That’s what my priority is right now, and in a couple of weeks I’ll figure out what I’m going to do for next year.”
In addition to the fact that Fitzgerald is going to turn 34 before the start of the 2017 season and has put in 13 seasons already, it seems likely that Arizona’s meltdown in 2016 will weigh heavily on the receiver as he decides his future. The Cardinals were a disaster zone this past season, going 7-8-1 while making mistakes not associated with teams that have Super Bowl aspirations.
Fitzgerald was tremendous on an individual level, however. He caught 107 passes to lead the NFL, gaining 1,023 yards while scoring six touchdowns. If he does decide to hang up his cleats and shoulder pads, the former Pitt star will have finished his NFL career with 1,125 catches for 14,389 yards and 104 touchdowns.