Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is uncertain if he wants to return to the Arizona Cardinals next season according to Adam Schefter.
Next season would be the 16th year in the league for the Minneapolis native and Academy of Holy Angels (Richfield,MN) alumni. With father time creeping, it’s uncertain how much more time Fitz can spend in the league.
That’s why it may be time for him to pack up, head back home and finish his career out in Minnesota. What a better finish as a Viking, the same team he was the ball boy for decades ago.
Before I get into it, I got this idea from a tweet by Andy Carlson and I wanted to write about it considering I agree with him.
League minimum. #Vikings WR3. Who's in? https://t.co/NOcIzPPQFB— Andy (@AndyCarlsonShow) January 12, 2019
Last season it seemed that the Vikings struggled with finding a reliable third receiver. Laquon Treadwell had a shaky season, but had 35 catches off 53 passes, the most of his three years in league. Aldrick Robinson seemed to only be able to catch touchdown passes, which necessarily isn’t a bad thing. No, but he did catch 17 receptions for five touchdowns, not very productive.
The only issue is that it seems lofty that Fitz would actually sign for the league minimum, which based on his experience would be a little over a million dollars, if I’m not mistaken. However, there are a couple signs that make it seem like he wants out of Arizona.
According to The Arizona Republic, Fitzgerald is set to auction off his 1968 Chevy Chevelle, a 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda, and a 1968 Dodge Charger. He has them set to be auctioned off on Jan. 19 at a popular auction in Scottsdale.
Not to mention, back in the fall he put his Paradise Valley mansion up for sale. I suppose he could just be downsizing.
Simply put, these two events can either mean that Fitzgerald will retire as a Cardinal or that he will be playing ball elsewhere. I could be wrong (and usually am).
Despite a terrible season for the Cardinals, Fitzgerald still managed to haul in 69 catches for 734 yards and six touchdowns. He also had a better quarterback rating than Josh Rosen and Sam Bradford combined (52.4 QBR). Granted Fitz only threw one pass, but it was a 32-yard touchdown pass, the first touchdown pass of his career.
Larry Fitzgerald with his first passing attempt in his NFL career.....becomes the oldest WR to throw a touchdown pass in NFL history!pic.twitter.com/AM7qZMXefo— Richard Graves (@RichardGraves1) December 23, 2018
He could definitely help with depth, as well as become that third reliable wide out like I mentioned earlier, that the team desperately will need next season.
Whether Fitz decides to retire, leave Arizona or play elsewhere, it won't matter to me because he’s a class act and deserves whatever kind of opportunity comes his way. Maybe it’s chilling on a beach somewhere or it could be catching touchdown passes from Kirk Cousins next year. Now that would be pretty sweet to see.