Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald still has not settled on a choice about whether to return for a sixteenth NFL season.
Fitzgerald told ESPN’s Adam Schefter via text message this week that he is aking some time to gather his thoughts after a grueling season in which Arizona (3-13) completed with the most noticeably bad record in the NFL and landed the No. 1 overall pick in the April draft.
The Cardinals have a new head mentor in Kliff Kingsbury, however that has not swayed Fitzgerald somehow.
During his introductory news conference this week, Kingsbury said he would love to have Fitzgerald on the team next season yet would give the front office a chance to make sense of whether the wide receiver was returning.
“I’ll leave it to these guys who write the checks,” Kingsbury said. “Like I said, what a great role model, what a great leader to have on your team, and I would be honored and love to work with him. He’s a guy that I’ve admired from afar for a long time, and I think we all hope that he’ll be back.”
In 2018, Fitzgerald did not report his choice on playing until mid-February.
Fitzgerald, who had 69 catches for 734 yards and 6 touchdowns this season, would be 36 years of age amid the 2019 season. He is determinedly No. 2 in career receiving yards, trailing Jerry Rice by in excess of 6,000 yards, yet he could pass Tony Gonzalez for second on the career receptions list in the event that he returns. Fitzgerald would require 23 catches to pass Gonzalez.