Fitzgerald will either retire or return to Cardinals, says father

If you're hoping Larry Fitzgerald would consider continuing his NFL career outside of Arizona in the wake of Bruce Arians' and Carson Palmer's retirements, prepare to be disappointed.

Larry Fitzgerald Sr. said Tuesday his son will either return to the Cardinals in 2018 or retire.

"There's no chance," Fitzgerald Sr. told Sporting News' Alex Marvez on SiriusXM NFL Radio. "This will be it.

"If it's not with the Cardinals, we've seen the last of Larry Fitzgerald in the National Football League wearing No. 11."

The Cardinals hired former Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks to replace Arians, and will probably look to draft Palmer's successor in April. For Fitzgerald, the question is whether he wants to spend his potential final season on a team that's unlikely to challenge for a title.

"Larry talked to me about what he should do," Fitzgerald Sr. said. "I told him, 'If you still love the game and are passionate about it and with the way you're playing, it shows me you still have it. You still want to win.'

"He really wants to get a championship ring, there's no doubt about that. But now they've got a new situation there."

What isn't in doubt is Fitzgerald's ability to perform at a high level despite heading toward his 35th birthday.

The star wideout caught 100-plus passes for over 1,000 yards for the third straight season, and would almost certainly be in high demand if he wanted to continue playing away from the only NFL franchise he's ever known.

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