Cardinals president Michael Bidwill not worried about Larry Fitzgerald retiring
With staring quarterback Carson Palmer retiring following the conclusion of the 2017 season, Arizona Cardinals fans are understandably worried about future Hall of Fame wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald doing the same.
Team president Michael Bidwill attempted to silence those concerns on Tuesday, urging supporters of the Red Birds to take a deep breath and relax.
“My gut says everyone needs to relax, let Fitz go through his process, and give him a few weeks to make his decision,” Bidwill said. “He’ll let us know.”
The franchise is in a state of transition, and not only because of the departure of Palmer. Head coach Bruce Arians and the organization mutually decided to part ways after the season, opening the door for former Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks.
The new head man in Arizona also commented on Fitzgerald’s impending status for the 2018 season:
“We would definitely love to have him back,” Wilks said. “He’s a major part of our success, past, present and future. First ballot Hall of Famer, so we’d definitely want him back.”
Cardinals fans were led to believe that Fitzgerald was coming back when he signed an extension through the 2018 campaign a few months ago. However, ahead of Week 16 reports came out stating that the Pittsburgh product wouldn’t commit to playing beyond 2017.
In 14 NFL seasons (all with the Cardinals), Fitzgerald has compiled 1,234 receptions for 15,545 receiving yards; both marks are third all-time in league history. He’s eight all-time in receiving touchdowns with 110.
Despite his age, Fitzgerald was in top-form again this year. Playing in all 16 games with three different quarterbacks, Fitzgerald tied his career-high in receptions with 109 while collecting 1,156 yards and six touchdowns.