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Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald to return for 2018 season

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It’s official: Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is coming back to play in his 15th NFL season.

Per Darren Urban of the team’s official website, new Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks broke the news during an interview on 98.7, Arizona’s Sports Station, that Fitzgerald told him he was returning to play in 2018.

Fitzgerald’s future had been the subject of intense speculation over the last couple of months. He was non-committal on playing next season despite signing a one-year, $11 million extension for 2018.

The uncertainty of the team, which will have a new head coach, offensive and defensive coordinators, and starting quarterback, has also played a factor in Fitzgerald taking time to contemplate his future. However, it appears Fitzgerald feels confident enough in the direction of the team to play on for at least one more year.

Fitzgerald, the franchise’s all-time leader in just about every receiving category, has shown no signs of slowing down. The 34-year-old had 109 catches, 1,156 receiving yards, and six touchdowns in his 14th NFL season. It’s the third-straight year he’s had at least 100 catches, 1,000 receiving yards, and six touchdowns.

Fitzgerald will also have a decent chance to make some history next season. He can climb up to No. 2 on the NFL’s all-time receptions and receiving yards lists. He needs 92 catches to overtake Tony Gonzalez, and 390 yards to pass newly-minted Hall-of-Famer Terrell Owens. Fitzgerald could also tie kicker Jim Bakken for most games played in Cardinals franchise history if he plays all 16 games next season.