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Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald puts off retirement to return for 15th season

New coach, new quarterback, same Larry Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald will play a 15th NFL season with the Arizona Cardinals next season, erasing uncertainty about his future sparked when the 34-year-old declined to elaborate on his future plans in November.

First-year head coach Steve Wilks said Thursday morning in a radio interview with Arizona Sports 98.7 FM that the 11-time Pro Bowl receiver plans to play with the Cardinals in 2018. Arizona signed Fitzgerald to a contract extension midway through last season.

Some doubt was created when head coach Bruce Arians and quarterback Carson Palmer retired in successive days — Jan. 1 and 2 — to begin the off-season.

During Super Bowl LII media sessions, Fitzgerald hinted at optimism for another season under Wilks, who was defensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers.

“I’m excited about what the future holds,” Fitzgerald said. “Obviously there’s some things that need to happen in terms of personnel, draft and things like that to help our team improve, but I’m confident that [general manager] Steve Keim and his group are going to do a good job with that.”

Fitzgerald turns 35 before the start of the 2018 regular season. He had 109 catches for 1,156 yards and six touchdowns in 2017 — the third consecutive season he posted 100 receptions and 1,000 yards — to become the oldest player with 100 and 1,000 in league history.

Wilks will be the fourth head coach Fitzgerald has played for since being drafted third overall in 2004. Fitzgerald enters 2018 third on the NFL’s all-time receptions list and third all-time in receiving yards.

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