Larry Fitzgerald Tells Cardinals He's Returning For 2018 Season


Larry Fitzgerald Tells Cardinals He's Returning For 2018 Season

Per Darren Urban of the team's official website, new Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks broke the news during an interview on 98.7, Arizona's Sports Station, that Fitzgerald told him he was returning to play in 2018.

Last season, Fitzgerald recorded 109 catches for 1,156 yards and six touchdowns.

Fitzgerald told new Cardinals coach Steve Wilks on Wednesday night that he intends to play in 2018 and finish his contract extension. But with coach Bruce Arians and quarterback Carson Palmer retiring this offseason, it was unclear whether Fitzgerald would be back as the club braces for a complete reboot on offense.

Matt Barkley, Blaine Gabbert and Drew Stanton are the lone quarterbacks on the roster of the Cardinals, who finished with an 8-8 mark last season. "You're talking about a future first-ballot Hall-of-Famer". Fitzgerald enters 2018 third on the NFL's all-time receptions list and third all-time in receiving yards.

And having a locker room and on-field leader like Fitzgerald should be a huge assist for Wilks, a 48-year-old rookie head coach with a defensive background. Fitzgerald sits 389 yards short of Terrell Owens (15,934) for second on the all-time receiving yards list and is 91 receptions from catching Tony Gonzalez, who is also second in National Football League history.

He was named to his 11th Pro Bowl this year. It's the third-straight year he's had at least 100 catches, 1,000 receiving yards, and six touchdowns. He reached Pro Bowl status in his second season - the first of 11 appearances in the game.

The Cardinals hired Wilks to be the head coach January 22, and offensive coordinator Mike McCoy was hired soon after.