Larry Fitzgerald will return for the 2018 season, Cardinals say

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Despite considering retirement, Larry Fitzgerald will return for his 15th season with the Arizona Cardinals.

The front office must address the position in free agency and the 2018 NFL draft, but Fitzgerald's return will give Arizona both a reliable target and the league's best veteran leadership at the position.

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.

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"I'm extremely excited", Wilks continued. Despite the fact he will turn 35 on August 31, Fitzgerald has enjoyed three of his best seasons the past three years.

He finished 2017 third on both career lists with 15,545 yards and 1,234 receptions. Fitzgerald needs 92 catches to surpass tight end Tony Gonzalez's 1,325 career receptions, not a huge stretch considering Fitzgerald has averaged 108 grabs the past three seasons.

The 34-year-old Fitzgerald had been hinting at a return, but stopped short of announcing his plans in every previous media availability - including his victory at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am this past weekend. Fitzgerald caught 30 passes for 546 yards and seven touchdowns in Arizona's improbable march to Super Bowl XLIII. It was his third straight season of 100 and 1,000. His 64-yard touchdown reception from Kurt Warner gave the Cardinals a 23-20 lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers with 2:37 left in the game.