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Would Cardinals let Larry Fitzgerald out of his contract?

Arizona Cardinals v Seattle Seahawks

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 31: Cornerback Justin Coleman #28 of the Seattle Seahawks (behind) gets called on pass interference against wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals in the first half of the game at CenturyLink Field on December 31, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr /Getty Images)

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Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald agreed to a one-year extension during the 2017 season, putting him under contract through 2018. He’s now considering whether to return to a team that feels a lot farther from the top of the mountain than it was only two years ago.

Most regard the decision as play for the Cardinals or retire. But what if Fitzgerald wants to give it one more go with a team that he regards as a more viable contender?

The Cardinals can stop that from happening by refusing to release him. At a minimum, they could insist on getting some sort of compensation in trade.

For all Fitzgerald has done for the Cardinals, it’s hard to imagine them preventing him from finishing his career with the team of his choosing. It’s equally hard to imagine Fitzgerald playing for any team other than the Cardinals.

Whatever he chooses to do, an answer likely is coming sooner than later, so that the Cardinals can plan accordingly. Before giving them an answer, Fitzgerald may want to hear more about the plan for restocking the quarterback position, now that Carson Palmer has retired.

For more on this and other topics, check out Tuesday’s PFT PM podcast.