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PHOENIX (AP) —or a while. Larry Fitzgerald isn’t ready to hang up the cleats just yet.The receiver Christian Kirk Cardinals Jersey , whose career statistics rank among the best ever to play the game, has signed a one-year contract to return for a 16th season with the Arizona Cardinals.“No player has meant more to this franchise or this community than Larry Fitzgerald,” team President Michael Bidwill said Wednesday in the news release announcing the signing.Fitzgerald explained his decision in an Instagram post.“A fire burned inside of me my rookie year,” he wrote, “a desire, over all else, to be great. To excel on the field. To impact the lives of others off of it. I’m grateful that the fire still burns just as bright today, and that this organization has let me chase that fire for well over a decade.”Fitzgerald continued: “Nothing excites me more than continuing to chase greatness with everyone here on and off the field.”Fitzgerald, who will be 36 before the next season begins, may have been enticed by the hiring of Kliff Kingsbury to replace the fired Steve Wilks. Kingsbury will bring his “air raid” offense from Texas Tech, where he coached for six seasons, and brought in veteran assistant coach Tom Clements to work with quarterback Josh Rosen, who had a rocky rookie season.In recent years, State Farm Stadium rocked with chants of “Lar-ry! Lar-ry!” after one of his inevitable big plays. Probably no sports figure in Arizona has been as well-loved as No. 11.Bidwill said in an interview with the team’s flagship radio station, 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station, that he believes Kingsbury’s hiring helped lure Fitzgerald back.“I think they had a great conversation and he’s excited about focusing on the offense,” Bidwill said. “Obviously Elite Christian Kirk Jersey , he was very disappointed as all of us were in 2018. He bleeds Cardinal red. He wants to be part of getting this turned around. It’s exciting he was able to make a quick decision and get right to it.”Arizona went 3-13 last season, the worst record in the NFL and matching the worst for the Cardinals since the franchise moved to the desert from St. Louis 30 years ago. The Cardinals finished last in the league in total offense, passing and rushing.Consequently, it was a down year for Fitzgerald statistically, too. After three straight 100-catch seasons, Fitzgerald had 69 receptions for 734 yards and six touchdowns. He did, however, throw his first career TD pass, against the Rams in the next-to-last game of the season.Fitzgerald has been remarkably durable in his career. He’s caught a pass in 227 consecutive games, the second-longest such streak in NFL history.He passed more milestones last season.With 16,279 yards receiving, Fitzgerald passed Hall of Famer Terrell Owens for second (behind Jerry Rice) on the NFL career list. With 1,303 career catches, he passed Rice for most receptions for one team in his career. By playing in the season finale at Seattle, Fitzgerald tied kicker Jim Bakken for most games by a Cardinal at 234.Fitzgerald needs 23 catches to pass Antonio Gates into second (again behind Rice) in career receptions.Drafted No. 3 overall by the Cardinals out of Pittsburgh in 2004, Fitzgerald has never indicated a desire to play anywhere else, despite the intermittent struggles of the team.He’s caught passes from 19 quarterbacks during his time in Arizona Game Christian Kirk Jersey , with the most memorable years coming when he was paired with Kurt Warner and Carson Palmer.He’s been at his best in the postseason.No one has matched his record of 942 yards receiving in his first nine playoff games. He has five 100-yard receiving games in the postseason, an NFL-best three of at least 150 yards.At the news conference announcing his hiring, the 49-year-old Kingsbury was asked about trying to woo Fitzgerald back for another season.“What a great role model, what a great leader to have on your team,” Kingsbury said at the time, “and I would be honored to work with him. He’s a guy I’ve admired from afar for a long time.”Fitzgerald earned $11 million each of the past two years and this deal probably is about the same.“I don’t want to push Larry, I want him to come to his own decision,” Bidwill said. “When he was ready . we did the deal. Was over at his house signing it on his kitchen table yesterday morning before he left town.”It’s been a good month for Fitzgerald. Last week, while playing golf with former President Barack Obama, he hit a hole in one.Now Fitzgerald, who shared the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year award with Eli Manning in 2016, will probably be off soon on one of his trademark trips to some faraway part of the world.Most importantly for the Cardinals and their fans, he’ll be back when summer workouts begin.What’s your prediction for the Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers game Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse — a survey of fans across the NFL, powered by SurveyMonkey. Each week, we send 32 polls to 100+ plugged in fans from each team. Cardinals fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.Through four weeks, Arizona Cardinals fans have lost faith.That’s what happens when you see your team fall flat in the first two games of the season and then bumble away wins the next two.However Christian Kirk Womens Jersey , with the insertion of Josh Rosen into the starting lineup, the Cardinals fans are starting to find the faith again.This week’s confidence in the direction of the team is all the way back up to where it was after the horrific opener to the season against the Redskins, as 33% of fans feel like the team is headed in the right direction.Moreover, fans have confidence that their team, the Arizona Cardinals, can win! That’s right, for the first time since fans had the Cardinals as seven point home favorites over the Washington Redskins, the Cardinals are favorites among their fans this week.The FanPulse survey says the Cardinals win this game by a field goal and Josh Rosen gets his first win of his career.The folks over at Niners Nation, the SB Nation San Francisco 49ers site, see it slightly different, as they have the Niners as six point home favorites this week.So, who takes it, the Cardinals or the Niners?

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