Of course, those sentiments all came with months, or weeks, before camp was to start. Now Cardinals Camp is here, and there is yet to be Fitzgerald closure.
The number of times Fitzgerald has made plain he would choose not to make a big deal of the end of his career is plentiful. That he could potentially slip away without official word was/is always possible. Perhaps he’ll consider an in-season return, like Dwight Freeney did with the Cardinals in 2015.
No, it doesn’t make much sense that Fitzgerald would be the tight end on a team that could use another. Fitz has always been a team guy but that big of a position change doesn’t track. Beyond that, the Cardinals would have to find room in a receivers room with DeAndre Hopkins, A.J. Green, Christian Kirk and Rondale Moore among others. They would, of course, should Fitz return, however complicated it might be.
In the meantime, it’s the same waiting game everyone has had since the season ended, since Fitzgerald’s contract officially ran out in early March. Does Fitzgerald really want to play again? Or is he done after 17 seasons?
Officially it’s an unknown – and the season is here.