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Kurt Warner says Larry Fitzgerald leaning toward returning in 2018

The Arizona Cardinals are still waiting on Larry Fitzgerald. The 34-year-old all-time franchise receiving leader has yet to confirm whether he will return to play for another season. But as Kynan Marlin of ArizonaSports.com reports, former Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner feels Fitzgerald will indeed come back.

“When I had conversations with him I get the sense that he is coming back,” Kurt Warner said on 98.7 FM Arizona Sports Station’s Bickley & Marotta Monday. “He feels like he can still contribute and play, and play at a high level.”

“There were times where I got more of a sense that I got that he was leaning towards maybe not coming back,” Warner said. “Last couple of times I’ve talked, I really feel like he wants to come back and play this season and he’s more committed to it. But that was before all the changes that took place.”

The Cardinals underwent significant changes with their coaching staff this offseason, with Steve Wilks taking over at head coach and Mike McCoy installed as his offensive coordinator. Warner says Fitzgerald will take his time to take stock of the team’s new situation as well as their chances of winning a championship, which will likely weigh heavily in Fitzgerald’s decision.

If Fitzgerald does decide to come back, he has shown he can still play at a very high level. At age 34, he notched his third-straight season with at least 100 catches, 1,000 receiving yards, and six touchdowns. His presence would also be a big stabilizing factor for the team’s next starting quarterback. But ultimately, Warner thinks Fitzgerald will make the best decision for himself.