When Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald signed a one-year contract extension, we all thought the receiver would ride out the next two years with quarterback Carson Palmer.
But his career’s end may come sooner.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that Fitzgerald had said the 2016 season would be the last season of his career.
If he ultimately maintains this decision, it would be the second consecutive season that Hall of Fame receivers walked away still with outstanding performance, following Calvin Johnson’s retirement after 2015.
This summer Fitzgerald rarely mentioned in the decision to retire after the end of this season, on the contrary, he expressed “still has a lot of good football” left in his body. The 33-year-old wide receiver showed his ability to maintain excellent play by the recovery last season.
Fitzgerald compiled 1,215 yards on 109 receptions in 2015, his first puncturing the 100-catch barrier since 2007 and broke a three-year swoon under the 1,000-yard plateau.
With speedy wide receiver John Brown and J.J. Nelson and Michael Floyd stretching the defenses, Fitzgerald can beat defensive backs in the middle distance routes and should be able to have a great season if he could keep healthy again.
For now, Fitzgerald’s retirement begins at the Sunday Night Race versus the New England Patriots.