Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray got some good news on Wednesday as the team announced wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is planning on coming back for the 2020 season. Fitzgerald was scheduled to become a free agent in March, but signed a one-year deal.
Fitzgerald led the Cardinals in receiving this past year, finishing with 75 receptions for 804 yards and four touchdowns — all team highs. For his career, Fitzgerald now has 1,378 receptions, 17,083 yards, and 120 touchdowns. Those rank second, second, and 12th on the all-time NFL leaderboard.
The Cardinals have a lot of work to do with their receiver corps, as they have struggled to find solid complements and options for the future. Second year receiver Christian Kirk took a step forward with 68 receptions for 709 yards and three touchdowns, but there was no consistency beyond Fitzgerald and Kirk. They’ll likely add a receiver in free agency or the draft.
Fitzgerald finished the season ranked 35th in total fantasy points among wide receivers. The five receivers ahead of Fitzgerald included Cole Beasley, DK Metcalf, Tyreek Hill, Deebo Samuel, and Emmanuel Sanders. The five receivers behind Fitzgerald included Curtis Samuel, Darius Slayton, Christian Kirk, Diontae Johnson, and Robby Anderson.
The future Hall of Famer actually improved on his 2018 numbers, so there would seem to be something left in the tank. He’s looking like a WR3/Flex option heading into 2020 fantasy football drafts, but there is a lot to be sorted out on the Cardinals roster before we know for sure.