Fitzgerald to return for 15th season confirms Cardinals coach Wilks
16 February, 2018, 03:06
Larry Fitzgerald (#11) of the Arizona Cardinals breaks away from James Harrison (#92) of the Pittsburgh Steelers for a touchdown during Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
Fitzgerald signed a one-year contract extension in November worth $11million guaranteed, but when Bruce Arians stepped down at the end of the season, some wondered whether the wideout would follow his coach into retirement.
First-year head coach Steve Wilks said Thursday morning in a radio interview with Arizona Sports 98.7 FM that the 11-time Pro Bowl receiver plans to play with the Cardinals in 2018.
"I'm excited about what the future holds", Fitzgerald said.
Fitzgerald is third in National Football League history in career receptions and receiving yards, and he's No. 1 in both categories among receivers who have only played for one National Football League team. Aside from late-career renaissances from both Kurt Warner and Carson Palmer, Fitzgerald has not had much to work with over the years. It was his third straight season with 100 or more catches. He only needs 390 yards to pass Terrell Owens' 15,934 for second all-time. Fitzgerald can also move into seventh on the all-time receiving touchdowns list with two more scores, passing Gonzalez, who finished his career with 111 receiving touchdowns.
"Last night, I was partying myself", Wilks added. "We've got one of the greatest players ever coming back".