isn't done yet.
As reported by the team's official website, the future Hall of Fame wide receiver who will turn 37 in late August, is returning for his 17th NFL season. That news came Wednesday as a by-product of the one-year contract Fitzgerald signed for 2020. He had been scheduled to become a free agent in March.
As ESPN's Adam Schefter noted, his new one-year deal will take him through the 2020 season, "and with him, who knows how far beyond."
Fitzgerald addressed his return via Twitter, writing: "This season was among the most fun of my career. 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 hauled in 74 receptions for 804 yards and four touchdowns – all team bests -- in 2019. After 16 seasons, he has 1,378 catches and 17,083 yards, both marks second-most in NFL history behind only Jerry Rice. His 120 receiving touchdowns are sixth all-time.
Fitzgerald, who also played in game No. 250 in the season finale in Los Angeles, has an active 243-game receptions streak, the second-longest ever behind Rice.
When the season was over, head coach Kliff Kingsbury
said he had a basic pitch he'd give to Fitzgerald while he mulled his future: "Please come back."
"I think he's playing as good as anybody, honestly," Kingsbury said. "You watch what he does week-in and week-out, the little things, the blocking and the toughness that he brings to the offensive side of the football. We missed him twice for huge plays yesterday. He's just still creating separation. He does it all."
As ArizonaCardinals.com's Darren Urban noted, given how Fitzgerald talked about the team and his season late in the year, his return is not a surprise.
"The atmosphere, the positivity, I think it's a lot of different reasons, but it's been a great year," Fitzgerald said after the last game in Los Angeles. "For a five-win season, I can't remember having as much joy in the process.
The wide receiver position remains in the spotlight for the Cardinals. Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk
, like after 2018, give the Cards a solid starting point. Damiere Byrd
and Pharoh Cooper
provided help, but there are still questions about the rookie class of Andy Isabella
, Hakeem Butler
and KeeSean Johnson
, and there has been speculation about the Cards potentially spending a high pick at the position.
If they do draft another wide receiver
, he'll have a chance to be mentored by Fitzgerald.
"I love the organization with all my heart," Fitzgerald said following the finale. "I've given everything I've had for 16 years."
And now, a 17th.
It's safe to say Fitzgerald's return will be a positive for Kyler Murray
as the talented, young signal caller heads into his second season as a pro.
Murray, who was named to the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie team on Tuesday, put together a solid inaugural season as the Cardinals’ starter from Day 1, completing 349 of his 542 passing attempts (64.3 percent) for 3,722 yards, 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
He boasted an 87.4 QBR, while also rushing for 544 yards and four scores on 93 carries.
So there's plenty for both Murray and Kingsbury to build on and Fitzgerald will be there to help.