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Larry Fitzgerald On Future: "I Don't Know"

Posted Dec 21, 2016

Notes: Wide receiver reiterates he hasn't decided about 2017; Jefferson talks Pro Bowl snub

Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald gives teammate John Brown a high-five after Brown's touchdown Sunday.

Larry Fitzgerald understands why the subject of his retirement and/or 2017 status keeps coming up.

“I mean, we’re not making the playoffs and there’s nothing else to talk about right now I guess, so …” Fitzgerald said Wednesday, his voice trailing off.

The Pro Bowl wide receiver – he was named to his 10th Pro Bowl Tuesday – isn’t making any decisions now, though.

“I don’t know what I am doing next year,” Fitzgerald emphasized. “I don’t know how much more definitive I can be with that.”

Fitzgerald is under contract through 2017. Next season, he will either play for the Cardinals or retire. He said during a charity event Tuesday night he doesn’t want to play elsewhere, and that was never really a possibility anyway. He could in theory continue playing in 2018, but for a guy who already said he wouldn’t play long enough to catch Tony Gonzalez for No. 2 in all-time receptions – a feat he’d likely reach if he plays through 2018 – that seems unlikely.

Fitzgerald isn’t giving any timetables about any of his thought process, either.

“I’m just focusing on the last two games, trying to finish on a good note,” said Fitzgerald, whose 98 catches lead the NFL.

As for his Pro Bowl berth, Fitzgerald as usual deflected the praise, thanking Bruce Arians and quarterback Carson Palmer, among others.

“My teammates are very selfless, allowing an old man to go out and get some targets,” Fitzgerald said.

JEFFERSON HANDLES HIS PRO BOWL NEWS AND THE “SHOULDAS”

Safety Tony Jefferson is having his best season. He is having arguably a Pro Bowl season except that did not happen. Not only did Jefferson not get a bid, he was not even named an alternate. Fitzgerald named Jefferson (along with Calais Campbell) as a snub.

Jefferson, an unrestricted free-agent-to-be, will make his money this offseason. But he would’ve liked to get a Pro Bowl nod, not just have others say he should have made it.

“I’m just tired of hearing that,” Jefferson said. “On Twitter it’s always, ‘Man, he should have got a big contract. Man, he should have gotten drafted. Man, he should have been a Pro Bowler.’ I need to hear ‘Congrats’ at some point, you feel me? So that’s what I’m going to be working on this offseason.”

Jefferson kept his sense of humor about it, however, with a nod to the Pro Bowl being played in Orlando.

“I really just wanted to go to take my son to Disney World,” he said. “We’ll just have to stick to Disneyland in L.A.”

TOUCHES FOR DAVID JOHNSON

After Pro Bowl running back David Johnson had just 12 carries in the shootout loss to the Saints – Johnson still had four catches, and 108 yards from scrimmage – offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said there wasn’t any particular reason for the drop in usage.

“(Running back) Kerwynn (Williams) has been playing pretty good and David is capable of being spread out and doing some things as a receiver,” Goodwin said. “I think it was just the flow of the game. Plus it takes a little of the wear and tear off him.

“I’m sure as a halfback he wants the ball more. I’d be happy to oblige that.”

HUMPHRIES, COOPER SIDELINED

Tackle D.J. Humphries remains in concussion protocol, and cornerback Marcus Cooper (back) also did not practice Wednesday for the Cardinals, who have their shortest injury list in weeks. Wide receiver John Brown (sickle cell) and safety Tyrann Mathieu (shoulder) were limited.
For the Seahawks, defensive end Michael Bennett (neck) and running back C.J. Prosise (shoulder) did not practice. Punter Jon Ryan (concussion) was limited.
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