Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald To Return

Retirement can wait. On Wednesday, Larry Fitzgerald agreed to a new one-year deal with the Cardinals, setting the stage for his 17th season in Arizona.

The new deal mirrors Fitzgerald’s 2019 pact. No. 11 will earn a base salary of $11MM for the fifth-straight year, as Field Yates of ESPN.com tweets. He’ll also see a roster bonuses of $500K with $250K in additional incentives.

Fitzgerald, the NFL’s oldest active wide receiver, was on the fence about playing in 2020. At the same time, he admitted that he had more fun this past season than in previous seasons.

Fitzgerald led the Cardinals with 804 receiving yards and did not miss a game for the fifth straight campaign. With that, the 36-year-old future Hall of Famer will lace ’em up for at least one more year.

Fitzgerald entered the league as a first-round pick in 2004. Since then, he’s reached the Pro Bowl eleven times and, last year, he moved into second place on the NFL’s all-time receptions list, slotting him between Jerry Rice and Tony Gonzalez. He’s also No. 2 in receiving yards, second only to Rice.

The Cardinals are coming off of a trying 5-10-1 season, but there’s reason for hope, including star quarterback Kyler Murray. They can also carve out as much as $74MM for free agents in March and add another impact player with the No. 8 overall pick in April.

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    • brucewayne

      The NFL needs more men like Larry Fitzgerald and less like Antonio Brown!

  1. julyn82001

    LF is an incredible, talented athlete. What does retirement really mean anyway? Age is so overrated in our great nation.

  2. imindless
    imindless

    Hope this dude plays till he is 42 and breaks jerry rices record. So tired of that ego maniac using that to reference why he is the best wr.

    • SheltonMatthews

      I believe he’s not just using playing until he’s in his 40s. He also didn’t play in the pass happy era and has more receptions, yards, TDs, etc. than anyone else. That I believe would make you the best.

  3. Fitzgerald is on his last legs here now. He’s still got the great hands and a great feel for the game but he’s not outrunning anyone in the secondary again. As a possession guy another year would be good for the Cardinals. Maybe two.

    • crosseyedlemon

      The Redskins drafted Josh Doctson and all you can give Fitzy is a lukewarm endorsement?…Hmmm.

      • Doctson has no love of the game and doesn’t like the hits. Just where else are you going to pull down $10 million in a few years. Redskins drafting was still poor when they took Doctson. It’s better now, although there’s a dangerous tendency to pick up crippled wing running backs high.

        Doctson’s indifference to football doesn’t make Fitzgerald any faster at this point in life.

    • compassrose

      Dumb statement Luke is doing what is right for Luke likewise Larry. Did you see Luke walking off the field a couple years ago when he got that real bad concussion? There could be something still from that.

      Jr retired from racing after two years of trying to get back on the track. He might have retired anyway but still had symptoms almost two years after. If you have never had a bad one you will never understand. I have symptoms from five years ago.

      I like Larry great respect for him. He has stayed with the Cardinals his whole career when smart money said bolt. He could have gone to a winning team but stayed loyal.

  4. Berger

    I can’t even imagine what his numbers would be if he had Drew Brees, Tom Brady, or Peyton Manning throwing him the football for even 1/2 the years he’s played.
    The man is a real football player!

  5. Black Ace57

    I can’t wait to take my grandson to a game to see him play when he is 77.

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