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For Fitz, it's playing for Cardinals or not playing

It was always a popular speculative topic with Larry Fitzgerald over the years, especially when the Cards have had sub-optimal seasons, and it was (almost) always coming from the fanbases of other teams: Would Fitz be traded to a "contender?" Would Fitz leave to play in his hometown of Minnesota? Would he end up with Tom Brady and the Patriots? The answer was always no, and it was never going to happen. I've always thought if there was a moment where Fitz could have left, it would have been before his extension prior to the 2015 season, but once that deal happened, he was definitely a Cardinal for life. His actions said as much.

Fitz isn't much into talking absolutes, usually. The topic with him isn't his favorite, and the last few contract extensions he has signed, he hasn't even been willing to hold a press conference. He doesn't want to make it a big deal -- although he was definitive in an interview with the St. Paul Pioneer-Press in Minnesota while holding a kids' camp.

Earlier this offseason, Fitzgerald didn't really want to talk about his future, saying he just wanted to make it through his 15th season and how he doesn't buy green bananas. But it's been easy to see that, with two quality QBs on the roster now with Sam Bradford and Josh Rosen, that Fitzgerald might not be as year-to-year as he likely was the last couple of Januarys.

"If you still produce and you play at a high level, you kind of determine how long you want to play," Fitzgerald said. "If I can stay at a high level, I still keep destiny in my own hands."


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