Larry Fitzgerald to Return to Cardinals for 2017 Season

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 01:  Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals on the field in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on January 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  The Cardinals won 44-6.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald told ESPN's Jim Trotter on Wednesday he will return to the team for the final year of his contract in 2017.

In December, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network (h/t NFL.com's Conor Orr) reported the 10-time Pro Bowler was considering retirement but had yet to commit either way.

Fitzgerald led the league with 107 receptions, but he showed his age in 2016. He averaged a career-low 9.6 yards per reception, which ranked 116th out of 154 qualified receivers. Football Outsiders listed him as the 56th-best wideout in DYAR (defense-adjusted yards above replacement), down from fourth in 2015.

While Fitzgerald's performance dipped, he could still be an integral member of the Cardinals offense for another year. Especially after John Brown's receiving yards fell almost by half (1,003 in 2015 to 517 in 2016), Arizona will be happy to have Fitzgerald around for next season.

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