Cardinals WR, former Pitt star Larry Fitzgerald returning for 2020

Ross Houston
January 16, 2020

Larry Fitzgerald will return to the Arizona Cardinals for a 17th National Football League season after signing a one-year deal on Wednesday.

Larry Fitzgerald didn't keep the Arizona Cardinals waiting for long. "The future is so bright for this team & I relish the opportunity to build with this talented young nucleus".

This is Fitzgerald's 16th season with the team.

Drafted third overall by the Cardinals in 2004, Fitzgerald has ultimately carved out a stellar career with Arizona, one that nearly certainly will see the wide receiver be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame when he finally does decide to retire.

The veteran's ability to get open on quick routes meshes well with Kliff Kingsbury's offense and Kyler Murray lightning-fast release. But the franchise showed growth as the season progressed, including a road win over playoff-bound Seattle on December 22. Teammates wanted him back, too, though nobody seemed totally certain what his final decision would be.

Fitzgerald started all 16 games in 2019 for the 12th time in his career.

Fitzgerald is 5,812 yards behind Rice in receiving yards and has made 171 fewer catches. For his career, he's reeled in 17,083 yards and 20 touchdowns, making him the all-time franchise leader in both categories to an insane degree, lapping second-place Roy Green - a Ring of Honor inductee - by 8,118 yards and 54 touchdowns.

"I think he's playing as good as anybody, honestly", he said of the 11-time Pro Bowl wideout.

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