Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has announced that he will return to play in the NFL next season. This will be his 14th year in the league. This has finally stopped the retirement rumors, which started earlier this year.
The 33-year-old Fitzgerald confirmed his decision to play at least one more year in the NFL to Jim Trotter of ESPN. Fitzgerald has played his entire career with the Cardinals. He was Arizona’s third overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Larry Fitzgerald returning for Cardinals next season
“Just spoke to Larry Fitzgerald, who said he’s definitely returning in 2017 to play the final year on his contract. #Cardinals,” Trotter tweeted on Tuesday. The official league site also reported the news of Fitzgerald’s decision to return for at least one more year for the Cardinals. Fitzgerald signed a one-year contract extension in August 2016 for $11 million.
“Some things that were killing me late in the year are feeling back to normal for me. That’s a relief. Also, my fire and desire to win and compete vs. the best still burns,” Larry Fitzgerald stated to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
The veteran receiver led the NFL in receptions this season with 107. Fitzgerald also leads active receivers in career receptions with 1,125. Throughout his career, Fitzgerald has been named to 10 Pro Bowl selections. In NFL history, the man from Minneapolis, Minnesota is ninth overall in career receiving yards with 14,389.
Meanwhile, Larry Fitzgerald’s teammate Carson Palmer has denied that his house in Arizona is for sale. The rumors stated that Palmer could be quitting the NFL or playing for another team.
Palmer, 37 years old, and Fitzgerald were rumored to be retiring from the NFL earlier this year. Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said earlier this week that he hopes both Fitzgerald and Parson would return to the team next season.
“It’s up to them. I feel comfortable with where they are at and what’s going to happen. Like everyone, I have my fingers crossed. I think when the juices start flowing and the injuries go away, they’ll come back. But there is nothing to confirm yet.”
Arians heard the good news from Fitzgerald. However, he still has to wait for Palmer’s decision. The Cardinals went 7-8-1 last season and missed the NFL Playoffs. Palmer and Fitzgerald were the leaders of the team and they are expected to be the veterans leading the squad again next season.
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