Larry Fitzgerald will 'take a step back' and 'decompress' before contemplating retirement

Larry Fitzgerald will 'take a step back' and 'decompress' before contemplating retirement

Veteran wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald will make a decision on whether or not he’ll join the Cardinals for their 2019 season — but just not yet.

The 11-time Pro Bowl player finished his 15th season in Arizona, and before he decides on whether he will return for a 16th, Fitzgerald wants to “take a step back” and “decompress.”

“I have a checklist I always got to go through and sometimes I’m able to get to my conclusion faster than others,” Fitzgerald said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “I have to do my due diligence in terms of just taking some time to let your body heal because when you’re sore and your fingers are broken it’s easy to say, ‘I just don’t want to do this anymore, my body is hurting.’

“You have to give yourself some time to decompress and take a step back.”

Fitzgerald finished this season with 1,303 career receptions, breaking Jerry Rice’s record of most receptions (1,281) with one team. But the Cardinals finished 3-13 under first-year head coach Steve Wilks, who was fired and replaced by Kliff Kingsbury.

Despite the team’s struggles, if Fitzgerald does return for another season, he has every intention of it being with Arizona.

“I’ll sit down and talk to Mr. (Michael) Bidwill and we’ll figure out what’s going to happen from there,” Fitzgerald said. “I know there’s a lot going on back home, new coaches and things are being hired, so he’s busy doing that and obviously the franchise’s future is most important, so I’m just going to take a little time until everything slows down a bit.”