The 2019 season has come to a close, which has marked the end of the 16th year for future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald. That has put into focus his long-term plans as there is much mystery as to whether Fitzgerald will lace them up for another campaign. He has remained mum on which direction he’s leaning in heading into the offseason. However, Fitzgerald did provide a significant update on his decision-making process with this crucial choice.
Larry Fitzgerald’s strong 2019 campaign
In the months heading into the 2019 season, it was clear that the Cardinals would be rebuild mode with a new head coach and a rookie quarterback in Kyler Murray under center.
Regardless of that being the case, Fitzgerald remained consistent as they come in the passing game that saw him lead the team as their primary receiving threat. The 36-year-old put forth yet another highly respectable campaign as he had 75 receptions for 804 receiving yards and four touchdowns. That saw him record at least four catches 12 times along with more than 50 receiving yards six times, including a pair of 100 receiving yard performances.
It wasn’t a flashy season by any means. Still, Fitzgerald’s production at his age is quite remarkable as that helped him move past soon-to-be inducted Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez for the second-most career receptions in NFL history. That has made it clear that he still has enough gas left in him to play at a high level, but there remains the question if he will be back for another year.
Larry Fitzgerald discusses NFL future
With the 2019 regular season wrapped up, the focus around the Cardinals has moved towards Fitzgerald’s future on the field.
He has mostly been quiet on what he plans to do, but following the regular-season finale loss to the Los Angeles Rams, he provided some insight into what the decision-making process will be.
“I got to talk to (Cardinals owner) Michael (Bidwill) to make sure they want me back even if that’s an option. I’ve got to go through the checklist and process.But I love this organization with all my heart. I’ve given all I’ve had for 16 years. I just have to take a little time to figure it out.”
While it’s not much of an inkling, it’s hard to imagine Bidwill or anyone in the Cardinals organization not wanting Fitzgerald back for at least one more year. That has already seen head coach Kliff Kingsbury express that he hopes the future Hall of Famer will suit up for another season.
It’s still quite early in the process, but Fitzgerald’s future will be known shortly.
When will Larry Fitzgerald make a decision?
Throughout the process in the last few offseasons, Fitzgerald has kept his decision-making process quite close to the vest. That will be something that stays the same time around as he goes through it all.
If the history serves as any indication this time around, Fitzgerald has quickly come to decisions in the offseason, as each of the last two years it has come in mid-January. He announced his return and inked a one-year extension on Jan. 23 last year. It’s clear that he wastes no time in working through his options while not letting the matter linger on so that he can allow the franchise enough time to operate freely with other roster moves.
If Fitzgerald were to return for his 17th year, it would likely be on a one-year contract as he has taken the mindset of approaching things on a year-by-year basis. The Cardinals won’t rush the star wideout as that is a decision that should be figured out in the next few weeks.