Larry Fitzgerald will play in 2020

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At the end of the regular season, Larry Fitzgerald said he would take some time to make up his mind about playing in 2020 but he gave a hint that suggested he wasn’t done with football just yet.

Fitzgerald said that he “can’t remember having as much joy in the process” as he had during the 2019 season with the Cardinals. The wideout will have a chance to enjoy himself even more in 2020.

The Cardinals announced on Wednesday that Fitzgerald has signed a one-year contract to return to the team for his 17th season.

Fitzgerald had 74 catches for 804 yards and four touchdowns in 2019 and will enter the 2020 season with a streak of 243 straight games with a reception. That’s second-most all-time behind Jerry Rice and Fitzgerald is also second behind Rice in receiving yards and catches.

UPDATE 10:07 a.m. ET: Fitzgerald posted a tweet to confirm his return and share his excitement about the coming year.

“This season was among the most fun of my career. The future is so bright for this team & I relish the opportunity to build with this talented young nucleus. Arizona is where I started and where I will finish. 2020! Let’s get to work!”

49 responses to “Larry Fitzgerald will play in 2020

  1. Awesome! It seems like the delay in his decision gets shorter each year. Glad to have him back! It is always great to watch an all-time great player for as long as we can, especially when he is still producing!

  2. superfanentertainment says:
    January 15, 2020 at 9:40 am
    The Cardinals must have dirt on Fitz for him to commit to a 17th year with this dumpster of a club. Ugh.

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    Or is he just a good hardworking loyal person who still loves to play football?

  3. kurdishpats1 says:
    January 15, 2020 at 9:59 am
    Moss and T.O. have more TDs than him.

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    Fitz has more class, which in the big picture of life, is a lot more valuable to have.

  4. kurdishpats1 says: “Moss and T.O. have more TDs than him.” Moss and T.O. also played on far superior teams that had more high-powered offenses and better QBs. Fitzgerald is a class act who has been great for a long time, despite the lack of talent that Arizona provided around him. He is certainly HOF-worthy.

  5. Cardinals fans never thought for a minute Larry Fitzgerald wouldn’t return for the 2020 season. Fitzgerald is really close to breaking Jerry Rices records, with a couple more big seasons Fitz can pass up a few or Rices records and Fitz is well aware of that. Fitz also fits this offense perfectly and has a young franchise QB throwing to him for the 1st time since Palmer retired in Kyler Murray who will only get better and better. With the Cardinals set to have a top 10 pick and well over $80M in cap space this off-season they are not far away from being a contender in the NFC & Fitz wants to be around when that happens. Fitz is no longer one of the best #1WR’s in the league but he is still an elite caliber #2WR who in the 2nd year of this offense shouldn’t have much trouble catching 100+ passes for 1000+YDs now that Murray is no longer a rookie, if Arizona can bring in a true #1 WR on draft night Kyler Murray will have an extremely talented WR room going into 2020.

  6. This guy is one of my MOST favorite people. The NFL should pay Fitzgerald a salary to teach young WRs how to act. I also think any DB who hits him hard should be assessed an unsportsmanlike penalty.

    Mixed emotions about him returning. His presence on the field is to be enjoyed by everyone but, after 16 seasons, I worry he may take one too many brutal hits and make CTE a distinct possibility. I kinda wish he’d retire while his mental acuity seems to be unaffected.

    I’ve been worrying a lot about that for every player lately. Researchers at Boston University have finally found one possible marker for the disease that could be detected in a living person with a simple blood test. Actually being able to diagnose CTE while athletes are alive would mean they could take steps to mitigate the disease before it’s exacerbated with even more hits.

  7. rogerdodger99 says:
    January 15, 2020 at 10:28 am
    74 catches, 804 yards, 4 TDs in his late 30’s. Not bad old man, not bad at all

    And that’s with a rookie QB. The way he used in Arizona he can get back to catch 90-100+ receptions for 1000-1100YDs next season, used a possession receiver now a days to move the chains. Christian Kirk was on pace for well over 1,000+YDs before he sprained his ankle, with Murray taking a big jump forward in his 2nd season both of those guys could have over 1,000YDs each receiving next season Kirk just needs to stay on the field for all 16. I’d love to see Arizona draft a true #1WR this off-season in round 1 or 2, or even trade back into late round 1 for someone like Tee Higgins or Justin Jefferson is they choose to pass on someone like Ceedee Lamb at 8th overall. Rookie WR Andy Isabella is a guy who I think will really take off in year 2, he works extremely hard and talent isn’t an issue with him he is going to be very good. Big 6″6 WR Hakeem Butler who ran a 4.48 at last years combine with a 37in vertical missed all of last season with a hand injury but he’s another guy who could make a big jump in year 2, he is going to be a really good red-zone receiver I believe back on the field healthy. Arizona needs to draft a true #1WR but they have some real talent at WR who should be a very interesting group next season.

  8. I say this not as a Cards fan (I’m not one) but as a football fan in general, I really hope Larry Fitz can win a ring before he retires. One of the classiest men to ever set foot on a football field and one of the greatest players ever. Would love to see him cap off his career with a chip.

  9. Fitzgerald is one of the most liked and respected players in the league. i dont know anyone that doesnt like him and if you dont, its more you having weird issues lol. that said, Fitzgerald has been TOO loyal to the cards. they should have moved him a few years ago to a contender. i wouldnt be surprised if pats or more likely the rams trade for him for a low level pick .

  10. “Fitzgerald said that he “can’t remember having as much joy in the process” as he had during the 2019 season with the Cardinals”

    Good for Fitz, total class act and one of my favorite players in the NFL.

    I see his point, how much “joy” can you have catching passes from the likes of Kevin Kolb, Max Hall, and John Skeletor lol

  11. kurdishpats1 says:
    January 15, 2020 at 9:59 am
    Moss and T.O. have more TDs than him.
    Fitzgerald did not have Steve Young, Tony Roma, Donovan McNabb, Tom Brady, or Randall Cunningham throwing to him. Other than a few Kurt Warner/Carson Palmer years, Fitz’s list of QBs looks like a group of schoolkids who were sent to the principal’s office.

  12. killmarson says:
    January 15, 2020 at 12:29 pm
    The frank gore of wide receivers.

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    So a Hall of Famer is what you are saying?

  13. A great Minnesota native who was a great Viking ball boy as well. Glad he made a success of it in Arizona but would have been a great story if he could have made his way back before the end. Hope he finishes strong! SKOL

  14. patriotmaleorgy says:
    January 15, 2020 at 11:14 am

    Larry F is a representation of what every NFL player should be. Unfortunately he is vastly overrated.


    Vastly overrated? That’s one of the silliest comments ever. He’s a first ballot HOF’er.

    Here are the QB’s he’s had to play with over his career. He had a HOF’er at the end of his career (Warner), a good QB at the end of his career (Palmer), and then… well, read it yourself:

    Carson Palmer, Kurt Warner, Josh McCown, John Skelton, Matt Leinart, Kevin Kolb, Drew Stanton, Josh Rosen, Derek Anderson, Blaine Gabbert, Ryan Lindley, Max Hall, Sam Bradford, Shaun King, John Navarre, Rich Bartel, Brian Hoyer, Tim Rattay, Mike Glennon, Brian St Pierre

    Not everyone gets to have a Brady, Manning, Roethlisberger, Brees – or just a long term “good” QB slinging it downfield year after year. The fact that Fitz did what he did with the collection of QB’s listed above is nothing short of stunning.

  15. He’s just an average WR at this point in his career. I can understand why LF wants to continue to play. I can’t understand why the Cardinals would want to keep him, though. They are playing him at the expense of developing younger players and it’s not as if this team is close to winning a title.

  16. For every single rookie WR coming into the league, their new teams should be telling them to study Larry Fitzgerald and how he handles himself professionally and privately.

  17. cakesw says:
    January 15, 2020 at 9:45 am

    As a lifelong Cardinals fan… couldn’t be happier.

    Classiest player I can remember…
    I couldn’t agree with you more. It’s too bad so many other receivers (and players in general) didn’t have the good sense to emulate him. There is not another current player in the NFL that I respect more than Fitz.

  18. If you have anything bad to say about Larry Fitzgerald GTFO already.

    Dude is just all around great, on and off the field.

  19. I want to see Fitzgerald have a chance at a ring, but I get the honor and pride in being able to stick with the only team you’ve ever been on. Maybe the Cardinals will surprise us next season… who knows. Crazier things have happened.

  20. “Fitzgerald is really close to breaking Jerry Rices records”

    He’s close to breaking his receptions record if he has another two seasons like this one. That is about it of the major records. He’d need another 6 or 7 seasons like this for the receiving yards record and at 4 to 5 TD’s a year, another 20 seasons for the TD record which goes to show how utterly absurd Rice was with both production and longevity.

  21. To bad for much of his prime years he didn’t have a QB that was worth a small pile of beans.
    If he had been with NE, NO or Pitt he would probably have every record in the book.

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