NFL

Cardinals WR Fitzgerald to return for 17th NFL season

By Sports Desk January 15, 2020

Larry Fitzgerald will return to the Arizona Cardinals for a 17th NFL season after signing a one-year deal on Wednesday.

The veteran wide receiver, who turns 37 in August, has amassed 17,083 career receiving yards from 1,378 catches in the regular season, with both marks the second-most in NFL history behind only the great Jerry Rice.

Fitzgerald has played in 250 games for the Cardinals, who drafted him with the third overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft.

He has been named to 11 Pro Bowls and has twice led the NFL in both receptions and receiving touchdowns.

Despite his advancing years, in 2019 he still led the Cardinals in receptions (75), yards (804) and touchdown catches (four) under Arizona's rookie duo of head coach Kliff Kingsbury and quarterback Kyler Murray.

"This season was among the most fun of my career," Fitzgerald wrote on Twitter.

"The future is so bright for this team and 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!"

Fitzgerald is 5,812 yards behind Rice in receiving yards and has made 171 fewer catches.

Related items

  • Coronavirus: Ravens coach Harbaugh worried by cybersecurity Coronavirus: Ravens coach Harbaugh worried by cybersecurity

    Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh is worried the impending digitisation of the NFL – powered by lockdowns and shelter-in-place orders due to the coronavirus pandemic – leaves sensitive team information vulnerable to online theft.

    With team activities postponed indefinitely due to public health concerns, teams are likely to conduct season preparations through videoconferencing applications, possibly even transferring playbooks online.

    Harbaugh spoke about the issue during a pre-draft news conference, saying that he has already reached out to the team's information technology department about securing communications.

    "It's a big concern," Harbaugh said. "Hopefully we'll be okay. I really wouldn't want the opposing coaches to have our playbook or our draft meetings. That would be preferable, if we can stay away from that."

    Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta, however, joked that executive vice president Ozzie Newsome had a better chance of leaving the team's draft board vulnerable in his car than a hacker would have of stealing a digital copy.

    The league announced on Monday that team facilities would remain closed indefinitely, with teams' offseason workout programs normally scheduled for this month. Coaches and front offices now face the challenge of preparing for the 2020 season from home.

  • Brandon Aiyuk reportedly has surgery with NFL Draft on horizon Brandon Aiyuk reportedly has surgery with NFL Draft on horizon

    Former Arizona State wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk, who is projected to be selected late in the first round of the upcoming NFL Draft, reportedly underwent core-muscle surgery on Tuesday. 

    NFL Network's Mike Garafolo said Aiyuk had the surgery after dealing with the issue for months, and doing so now will give him time to recover with the NFL delaying the start of its offseason workout program due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

    Aiyuk played two seasons in junior college before joining Arizona State in 2018 and recording 33 catches for 474 receiving yards and three touchdown receptions. 

    He broke out in 2019 with 65 receptions for 1,192 yards to go along with eight TD catches. Aiyuk finished 15th in the Football Bowl Subdivision in receiving yards while being named a First-Team All-Pac-12 selection. 

    His 1,192 receiving yards in 2019 rank fifth all-time for Arizona State in a single season. 

  • Dolphins LB Biegel signs one-year tender Dolphins LB Biegel signs one-year tender

    Miami Dolphins linebacker Vince Biegel signed his tender offer for the 2020 season, the NFL franchise announced on Monday.

    Biegel, 26, was a restricted free agent who received an original-round tender which will pay him $2.132million in 2020.

    The three-year veteran started 10 games for the Dolphins last season and recorded career highs with 59 tackles, 2.5 sacks and one interception.

    Miami acquired Biegel from the New Orleans Saints for veteran linebacker Kiko Alonso in September.

    A fourth-round pick of the Green Bay Packers in the 2017 Draft, Biegel appeared in nine games as a rookie but was waived prior to the start of the 2018 season.

    Biegel then signed with the Saints and took part in 14 games, primarily on special teams, in 2018.

© 2020 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.