Fitzgerald pondering return to Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said he is undecided if he will retire or will play in 2019, which would be his 16th season in the NFL.
He told ESPN's Adam Schefter that he intends to take some time to mull the decision.
Fitzgerald committed to playing the 2018 season last February, but it turned out to be a tough year in Arizona. The Cardinals finished the season with an NFL-worst 3-13 record, and head coach Steve Wilks was fired.
New head coach Kliff Kingsbury said last week that he hopes Fitzgerald, 35, will return.
"I'll leave it to these guys who write the checks," Kingsbury told reporters. "Like I said, what a great role model, what a great leader to have on your team, and I would be honored and love to work with him. He's a guy that I've admired from afar for a long time, and I think we all hope that he'll be back."
The Cardinals took Fitzgerald with the No. 3 overall selection of the 2004 NFL Draft, and he's put together a Hall of Fame career. An 11-time Pro Bowl selection, he is first among active players in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.
On the career list, he ranks second behind Jerry Rice for career yards and is third, trailing Rice and Tony Gonzalez, in career receptions. He would need 23 receptions to pass Gonzalez on the career list.
In 2018, he appeared in all 16 games and caught 69 passes for 734 yards and six touchdowns.
--Field Level Media
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