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Larry Fitzgerald Says He Wants To Retire With Cardinals, Will Take Some Time To Decide If He’s Returning

Update:

Jim Trotter recently spoke to Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald who told him wants to take a month or two off after the season to decide whether he’ll return for the final year of his contract.

  • According to Trotter, this season has taken a “tremendous toll” on Fitzgerald physically and spiritually with the team not being in the Super Bowl hunt.

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Cardinals long-time WR Larry Fitzgerald made it clear that he plans to finish his career in Arizona, despite some suggestions that he could consider playing for another team.

“I love what I do, I love this community, I will never play anywhere else,” Fitzgerald told Mark McClune of CBS5 AZ. “This is where I want to be. This is where I want to retire. That’s how I feel today.”

A report from earlier in the year said that Fitzgerald could weigh retirement after this season, but he’s said recently that he isn’t sure what his plans are or what he’ll do next year.

I mean, we’re not making the playoffs and there’s nothing else to talk about right now I guess, so, . . .” Fitzgerald said when asked about his future, via AzCardinals.com.  “I don’t know what I am doing next year. I don’t know how much more definitive I can be with that.

Cardinals GM Steve Keim mentioned (NFLTR) recently that he expects Fitzgerald to return next year along with Carson Palmer.

Fitzgerald, 33, agreed to renegotiate his seven-year $113 million contract and signed a two-year, $22 million deal with Arizona that was fully guaranteed included a no-trade clause last year. Arizona gave him another one-year, $11 million extension before the season, so he’s under contract through 2017.

In 2016, Fitzgerald has appeared in 14 games for the Cardinals and caught 98 passes for 949 yards receiving and five touchdowns for the Cardinals. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 11 receiver out of 118 qualifying players.