Larry Fitzgerald’s NFL profession is now not over.
The Arizona Cardinals introduced Wednesday that the long speed Hall of Status receiver will return for his 16th NFL season by signing a one-year contract.
“No participant has intended extra to this franchise or this community than Larry Fitzgerald,” group president Michael Bidwill stated in a assertion. “In my discussions with him, it modified into as soon as resolute that he’s as pushed and passionate as ever. We’re overjoyed he’ll be assist in 2019.”
Fitzgerald, who turns 36 in August, has debated retirement the previous diverse offseasons, but has repeatedly stated Arizona can be essentially the most appealing group he’d play for in the NFL. No matter his age, Fitzgerald peaceable led the Playing cards with 69 receptions, 734 yards receiving and 6 touchdown catches in 2018.
The return of the definite-handed Fitzgerald is a big boon for new coach Kliff Kingsbury and younger quarterback Josh Rosen that can now not run understated. He would possibly furthermore now not be the recreation-changing, athletically dominant performer of his early years, but Fitzgerald is peaceable a first fee threat and would possibly likely peaceable undoubtedly label existence less complicated on Rosen.
If Fitzgerald had walked away, the Cardinals receiver neighborhood would all at this time explore like a huge need. While depth stays an subject, pairing Fitzy and rising younger stud Christian Kirk affords Arizona the initiate to a intrepid corps for Kingsbury’s offense.
This previous season, Fitzgerald passed Terrell Owens for the 2nd-most receiving yards in NFL historical previous (16,279), sitting in the assist of handiest Jerry Rice. In 2019, Fitzy would possibly likely peaceable surpass Tony Gonzalez for the 2nd-most receptions all-time — at 1,303 the Cardinals’ receiver wishes apt 23 catches to pass Gonzalez.