The Arizona Cardinals announced Wednesday that the future Hall of Fame receiver will return for his 16th NFL season by signing a one-year contract. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Fitzgerald is guaranteed an $11 million base salary with the potential to earn up to an additional $1 million in incentives.
"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 passionate as ever. We are thrilled he'll be back in 2019."
Fitzgerald, who turns 36 in August, has debated retirement the past several offseasons, but has consistently said Arizona would be the only organization he'd play for in the NFL. Despite his age, Fitzgerald still led the Cards with 69 receptions, 734 yards receiving and six touchdown catches in 2018.
The return of the sure-handed Fitzgerald is a huge boon for new coach Kliff Kingsbury and young quarterback Josh Rosen that can't go understated. He might not be the game-changing, athletically dominant performer of his early years, but Fitzgerald is still a reliable threat and will certainly make life easier on Rosen.
This past season, Fitzgerald passed Terrell Owens for the second-most receiving yards in NFL history (16,279), sitting behind only Jerry Rice. In 2019, Fitzy should surpass Tony Gonzalez for the second-most receptions all-time -- at 1,303 the Cardinals' receiver needs just 23 catches to pass Gonzalez.
"Obviously, Larry's been there, done that," Peterson told Around The NFL's Herbie Teope from the Pro Bowl. "He's been on this team for 16 years. He's been to multiple playoff games, been on those big stages, been on the team's only Super Bowl [squad] and coming up short. So, he understands how to get there, understands what it takes to get there. Obviously, having a new head coach, as well, so he's able to -- I believe -- help guide him, as well."