When Fitzgerald was asked about that very subject, he said he hadn’t thought about the possibility of Saturday’s NFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Carolina Panthers being his last in a Cardinals uniform.
“It has not crossed my mind," Fitzgerald said. "I'm in the midst of an opportunity that doesn't come too often, so all my energy and everything is focused on helping my team win."
Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said last month that the team intends to “have Larry Fitzgerald retire a Cardinal.”
The issue is Fitzgerald’s $23.6 million salary cap number for next season, after he signed an eight-year deal, worth $120 million in 2011. Keim said that his cap hit is already “baked” into the team’s numbers for 2015.
Fitzgerald has played each of his 11 seasons in Arizona since being selected with the No. 3 pick in 2004 NFL draft.
He led the team this season with 63 receptions and had 784 yards and a career-low two touchdowns. Fitzgerald, an eight-time Pro Bowler, has 909 career receptions for 12,151 yards and 89 touchdowns.
- Scooby Axson