Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is putting off retirement for at least one more year.
Fitzgerald has agreed to a one-year deal with Arizona, setting up what will be his 16th season with the team. The Cardinals announced the deal Wednesday on Twitter.
The 35-year-old had said he was taking time to think about retirement, telling SiriusXM last month: “I have a checklist I always got to go through and sometimes I’m able to get to my conclusion faster than others.”
This year, though, Fitzgerald decided to return to the NFL before the offseason officially began.
“Nothing excites me more than continuing to chase greatness with everyone here on and off the field,” Fitzgerald said in an Instagram post. “Let’s get to work!”
Fitzgerald remains just 22 catches shy of Tony Gonzalez for second place in all-time receptions and is second place behind Jerry Rice in career receiving yards.
At 3-13, the Cardinals last season had the worst record in the NFL. Fitzgerald also struggled, catching 69 passes for a career-low 734 receiving yard and six touchdowns.
For the second year in a row, Fitzgerald will play under a new head coach and offensive system. The veteran NFLer’s decision came soon after the Cardinals hired Kliff Kingsbury, who Fitzgerald heaped praise on in an interview with TMZ last week.
“Hell of a coach,” he said. “Look at his resume. He’s innovative offensively. That’s somebody with a future right now. So, I’m excited for the chance to meet him.”
The Cardinals selected him out of Pittsburgh with the No. 3 pick in the 2004 NFL Draft.
“No player has meant more to this franchise or this community than Larry Fitzgerald,” team President Michael Bidwill said in a statement.
The 11-time Pro Bowler has been enjoying his offseason. He hit a hole-in-one while playing golf with former President Barack Obama on Friday.
Fitzgerald earned $11 million in each of his last two one-year deals with the Cardinals.