Despite taking part in a grueling campaign last season that ended with the Cardinals going 3-13, Larry Fitzgerald will be returning for one more season in the Arizona desert.
The most-decorated player in the franchise’s history, Fitzgerald signed a one-year contract for an undisclosed sum. The star wide receiver has made $11 million in each of the past three seasons.
Fitzgerald, who will turn 36 during the preseason, had 69 catches for 734 yards and six touchdowns last season. In the previous two years, Fitzgerald had more than 100 receptions in each.
The No. 3 overall pick in 2004, Fitzgerald ranks second in NFL history with 16,279 receiving yards, third with 1,303 receptions and tied for sixth with 116 receiving touchdowns.
“No player has meant more to this franchise or this community than Larry Fitzgerald,” team president Michael Bidwill said in a statement. “In my discussions with him, it was clear that he is as driven and as passionate as ever. We are thrilled he’ll be back for 2019.”
In his final year, Fitzgerald could have a new quarterback throwing him the ball as Arizona landed the No. 1 overall pick in the draft in April and have been linked to Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray.
Drafting Murray would be a bold move for first-year NFL coach Kliff Kingsbury as it would likely mean moving on from last year’s top draft pick, quarterback Josh Rosen.