Fitzgerald re-signed Wednesday with the Cardinals on a one-year deal, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports. After taking a couple weeks off to contemplate his future in the NFL, the 36-year-old elected to return to Arizona for a 17th season. Though the future Hall of Famer isn't much of a downfield threat these days, he remained a reliable underneath and intermediate target for rookie quarterback Kyler Murray in 2019, hauling in 75 receptions for 804 yards and four touchdowns over 16 games. Expect Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk to serve as the primary options in Arizona's high-volume passing attack in 2020.
Fitzgerald secured four of seven targets for 45 receiving yards during Sunday's 31-24 loss to the Rams. The 36-year-old Fitzgerald is perhaps Arizona's all-time face of the franchise, and deservedly so, with 17,073 receiving yards, 120 touchdowns, 11 Pro Bowl nominations and a Walter Payton Man of the Year Award to his name. Though his locker room influence is undeniable within the youthful Cardinals organization, Fitzgerald has seen his statistical production drop off over the past two seasons, averaging 72 catches, 769 receiving yards and five TDs between 2018 and 2019 after putting up 108 catches, 1,131 yards and seven TDs per year between 2015 and 2017. It remains undetermined as to whether Fitzgerald will return for a 17th NFL campaign, but if he does, the decorated veteran would likely serve as Arizona's No. 1 or 2 option at wide receiver in a second season under the Kliff Kingsbury-Kyler Murray regime.
Fitzgerald caught four of seven targets for 48 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-13 win over the Seahawks. The veteran receiver continues to have a low ceiling when it comes to yardage -- he's topped 60 yards in only one of the last nine games -- but the slow-and-steady pace has gotten him over 17,000 receiving yards for his career, making Fitzgerald only the second player in NFL history to reach that mark along with Jerry Rice. There are other milestones he could try to reach -- Fitzgerald is 26 receptions shy of 1,400 and eight receiving TDs behind Marvin Harrison's 128 for fifth all-time -- but there's a good chance he'll be playing the final game of his Hall of Fame career next week against the Rams.
Fitzgerald caught three of five targets for 42 yards in Sunday's 38-24 win over the Browns. Fitzgerald trailed only Damiere Byrd for Arizona's team lead in receiving yards and targets but still produced pretty tame totals. Considering the veteran has topped 50 yards just six times so far, however, Fitzgerald's Sunday output was nothing new. Despite his relatively reduced impact, the future Hall of Famer figures to remain a main option for Kyler Murray in the Cardinals' final two games of the season, which come on the road against the Seahawks and Rams.
Fitzgerald caught three of seven targets for 20 receiving yards during Sunday's 23-17 loss to the Steelers. The 11-time Pro Bowl receiver has typically capitalized this season when afforded a high-volume target share, as prior to Week 14 he had averaged 6.3 catches and 72.4 yards per game when thrown to at least seven times in a given outing. Fitzgerald carries a streak of four consecutive games with at least five targets as Arizona gets set for a Week 15 matchup against a Cleveland defense that ranks in the top 10 in the NFL in terms of passing yards allowed per game (217.8), but is in the middle tier in total passing touchdowns surrendered (20).
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/13||@San Francisco 49ers||11||18.68|
|5||10/11||@New York Jets||25||23.50|
|12||11/29||@New England Patriots||1||12.76|
|13||12/06||Los Angeles Rams||14||19.63|
|14||12/13||@New York Giants||29||26.00|
|16||12/27||San Francisco 49ers||11||18.68|
|17||01/03||@Los Angeles Rams||14||19.63|
|3 Year Avg||128||84||898||5||48||10.69||119|