Larry Fitzgerald will return for the 2018 season, Cardinals say


Fitzgerald came to Arizona in the 2004 NFL Draft as the third overall pick out of the University of Pittsburgh.

According to Cardinals Senior Vice President Mark Dalton, Fitzgerald informed head coach Steve Wilks Wednesday night that he will return to play in 2018.

That's a huge boost for an Arizona squad that finished 8-8 last season, since Fitzgerald was the most productive receiver. The questions concerning Fitzgerald's future ramped up in the days following the Cardinals' 8-8 season, when former coach Bruce Arians retired on January 1 and quarterback Carson Palmer also retired a day later. "I spoke with Laryr last night, and it's a very exciting time for all of us, to all the Arizona Cardinals fans around the world, it's exciting that Larry mentioned to me last night he is coming back for the 2018 season".

Fitzgerald's status had been up in the air as he said after the 2017 season he would decide his playing future, even though he signed a one-year contract extension to play this upcoming season.

"I'm excited about what the future holds", he said. 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. It's the third-straight year he's had at least 100 catches, 1,000 receiving yards, and six touchdowns. He added 1,156 yards and six touchdowns.

Fitzgerald is one of the greatest receivers ever, and will land in the Hall of Fame someday.