There was a story over the weekend that Larry Fitzgerald, Hall of Fame wideout for the Cardinals, is expected to retire before the 2021 season. It's not a surprise, but it's the first confirmation we've been given that the 37-year-old was likely done playing.

Fitzgerald has been a great pro for a long time, with five 100-catch seasons, double-digit Pro Bowl selections, and some memorable postseason games, most notably the 2008 Super Bowl run with Kurt Warner where he went over 100 yards and scored in all four playoff games -- 542 yards and 7 touchdowns in those games, nearly carrying the team to a championship, falling short on the remarkable Santonio Holmes catch. First ballot Hall of Famer without question.

But Father Time comes for everyone, and Fitzgerald has notably slowed down in recent years. Especially last year. His 54 receptions went for just 409 yards. That's 7.6 yards per catch, which is the lowest figure by a wideout to catch at least 50 passes this century.

2020Sterling Shepard, NYG90666569.93
2020Keenan Allen, LAC1471009929.98
2017Randall Cobb, G.B.92666539.94
2010Wes Welker, N.E.123868489.97
2006Rod Smith, Den.94525129.93
2008T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Cin.137929049.84
2012Kendall Wright, Ten.104646269.84
2006Eric Moulds, Hou.78575579.81
2018Danny Amendola, Mia.79595759.81
2016Tyreek Hill, K.C.83615939.76
2015Davante Adams, G.B.94504839.71
2016Larry Fitzgerald, Ariz.15010710239.66
2001Peter Warrick, Cin.137706679.51
2011Austin Collie, Ind.96545149.51
2013Ace Sanders, Jac.87514849.51
2014Percy Harvin, 2TM78514839.51
2002Troy Brown, N.E.141978909.23
2018Chester Rogers, Ind.72534859.22
2014James Jones, Oak.112736669.16
2015Tavon Austin, St.L.87524739.15
2017Jordy Nelson, G.B.88534829.16
2015Golden Tate, Det.128908139.06
2014Jarvis Landry, Mia.112847589.05
2005Jabar Gaffney, Hou.90554929.02
2017Jarvis Landry, Mia.1611129878.89
2019Mohamed Sanu, 2TM89595208.82
2016Tavon Austin, LAR106585098.83
2016Anquan Boldin, Det.95675848.78
2016Cordarrelle Patterson, Min.70524538.72
2020JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pitt.128978318.69
2009Andre Caldwell, Cin.80514328.53
2010Danny Amendola, St.L.123856898.13
2020Greg Ward, Phil.79534197.96
2020Larry Fitzgerald, Ariz.72544097.61

That in itself doesn't mean a wide receiver is washed up. Fitzgerald himself made this list back in 2016, and several younger wideouts averaged under 10 yards per catch a year ago, including JuJu Smith-Schuster and Keenan Allen.

It is, though, dramatically below Fitzgerald's career average (12.2), and even further below his heyday, when he was regularly in the teens -- including a career-high 17.6 yards per reception in 2011. His days of getting threatening a defense much beyond the line of scrimmage are over.

Although we're just hearing confirmation of Fitzgerald likely hanging them up, the Cardinals might have known for a while. They signed A.J. Green last month, a contract that's more understandable with the team having no one proven after DeAndre Hopkins and Christian Kirk. They have Andy Isabella, but he hasn't made much of an impact to this point.

Whatever the case, sounds like we've seen the last of Fitzgerald after a pretty great career.

--Andy Richardson