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Fitzgerald undecided on continuing Hall of Fame career

By Sports Desk July 09, 2021

Larry Fitzgerald remains undecided as to whether he will extend his glittering NFL career into an 18th season.

Fitzgerald is a free agent after his contract with the Arizona Cardinals expired after the 2020 campaign.

The Cardinals have given him the time to decide if he will retire or play at least one more year in the NFL.

However, with the start of training camp three weeks away, the timeline for him to make his decision is growing short.

Yet Fitzgerald seems in no rush to make a definitive call on if his career will continue.

"I haven't decided anything," Fitzgerald said in an interview with ESPN. "Training camp starts in a few weeks. I'm excited, it's going to be another great year for the NFL."

While Fitzgerald has been pontificating on his future, the Cardinals have spent the offseason reinforcing their depth at wide receiver behind DeAndre Hopkins.

They signed veteran A.J. Green in free agency and used a second-round pick on Purdue wideout Rondale Moore, potentially leaving Fitzgerald with limited opportunities to make an impact were he to return.

And, if the Cardinals are not interested in bringing him back, Fitzgerald may also find a disappointing market for his services after one of the worst seasons of his career.

The 11-time Pro Bowler registered 54 catches for 409 yards and one touchdown, all of which were career-lows, in 2020.

Fitzgerald registered a burn, which is when a receiver wins his matchup against a defender on a play where he is targeted regardless of whether the pass is catchable, on 47.9 per cent of his targets last season, the 10th-lowest rate among NFL wideouts, according to Stats Perform data. His burn yards per target average of 7.39 was the seventh-worst in the league.

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