Cardinals reportedly want Larry Fitzgerald back if he returns in 2021

(Photo by Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports) Larry Fitzgerald
(Photo by Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports) Larry Fitzgerald /

If Larry Fitzgerald wants to return to the Arizona Cardinals for another season in 2021, the team is reportedly willing to add him to their roster.

Larry Fitzgerald has never taken a snap in the NFL in any uniform that didn’t have the Arizona Cardinals logo on it. If Fitzgerald plans to return for another season in 2021, the Cardinals would like him to continue wearing their uniform.

According to NFL Media’s Jim Trotter on Tuesday, Arizona “would definitely like to have [Fitzgerald] back if he wants to play.”

Trotter added that the Cardinals “like the energy that [Fitzgerald] brings to the franchise, they like his presence in the locker room, [and] they like his ability to make catches in crucial situations.”

What role would Larry Fitzgerald have with the Arizona Cardinals in 2021?

Fitzgerald is a smart guy and he knows he’s not the All-Pro wide receiver he once was. But even at 37-years-old, he could still have something to offer Arizona during the upcoming season in their quest to get back to the playoffs.

If Fitzgerald were to return for another year, there’s a chance that his final numbers could wind up being even lower than what he ended up with last season.

The Cardinals’ wide receiver room got a little more crowded this year with the additions of A.J. Green and rookie Rondale Moore. Not to mention Arizona is already the home to arguably the top receiver in the NFL right now in DeAndre Hopkins.

Fitzgerald could potentially be used in a more situational type of role next season for Arizona if he were to continue playing. Nine of his last 11 touchdown catches have come inside the red zone, so this could possibly be an area of the field where the Cardinals can use the future Hall of Famer to their advantage.

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With the NBA Finals now over, it will be interesting to see if Fitzgerald was inspired enough by the performance of the Phoenix Suns to return to the field for one more year and see if he can help the Cardinals go on a magical playoff run of their own.