TEMPE, Ariz. (FOX 10/AP) - Arizona Cardinals star wide receiver will return for his 16th season in the NFL.
The Cardinals announced on Wednesday that the team has re-signed Fitzgerald to a one-year contract.
According to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the fully-guaranteed contract is worth $11 million, including incentives.
#AZCardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald signed a 1-year contract extension yesterday with an $11M base salary, fully guaranteed, source said. He gets up to $1M worth of incentives. Similar to last year.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 24, 2019
“No player has meant more to this franchise or this community than Larry Fitzgerald,” said Cardinals President Michael Bidwill. “In my discussions with him, it was clear that he is as driven and passionate as ever. We are thrilled he’ll be back for 2019."
A fire burned inside of me my rookie year...a desire, over all else, to be great. To excel on the field. To impact the lives of others off of it. I’m grateful that the fire still burns just as bright today, and that this organization has let me chase that fire for well over a decade. Nothing excites me more than continuing to chase greatness with everyone here on and off the field. Let’s get to work! #YEAR16
Entering his 16th season with the Cardinals, Fitzgerald is the franchise's all-time leader in receptions (1,303), receiving yards (16,279), receiving touchdowns (116), total touchdowns (116) and 100-yard games (47).
Fitzgerald's 1,303 career receptions are the most by any player in NFL history with a single team and rank third all-time overall behind Jerry Rice and Tony Gonzalez.
Fitzgerald's future was one of the big questions going into the Cardinals' offseason. Arizona fired coach Steve Wilks and replaced him with former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury.
During his introductory news conference, Kingsbury said he would love to have Fitzgerald on his team but would let the front office figure out whether the 11-time Pro Bowler was coming back.
Fitzgerald was drafted by the Cardinals in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft.