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Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald not thinking about playing past 2018

Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals have undergone some major changes this offseason. Fortunately, they still have the luxury of a No. 1 wide receiver in Larry Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald hs carried the Cardinals receiving corps on his shoulders for quite some time now. However, he has not given any guarantees about his playing future beyond the 2018 NFL season, via the Associated Press:

”I’m just trying to make it to February in one piece,” Fitzgerald said. ”When I say that I’m not saying it jokingly, that’s the mentality that you have to have,” Fitzgerald added. ”All these guys, they’re not bringing them in here for their own health. They’re bringing them here to give them the opportunity to take your job. That’s not lost on me ever. I’m fighting and competing just like everybody else is.”

Fitzgerald’s comments should come as no surprise. He was skeptical about his retirement prior to the 2017 NFL season as well. However, he managed to post a third consecutive 1,000-yard campaign despite Arizona’s lackluster performance under center. That said, he is still one of the most dependable wideouts in the league and is the best on the Cardinals’ roster by far.

Furthermore, it is clear that Fitzgerald’s competitive edge has yet to waver. It seems the 34-year-old is intent on playing for as long as he is able to do it at a high level. Judging by the last three seasons that should be no problem for him. Fitzgerald’s job should get a bit easier also with quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Josh Rosen now in the mix.