Steve Wilks confirms Larry Fitzgerald will return in 2018

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The 11-time Pro Bowl receiver told Arizona Cardinals new coach Steve Wilks he will return for the upcoming season.

Fitzgerald told new Cardinals coach Steve Wilks on Wednesday night that he intends to play in 2018 and finish his contract extension. He can climb up to No. 2 on the NFL's all-time receptions and receiving yards lists.

Fitzgerald will return to the Arizona Cardinals for the 2018 season, the team said. The questions concerning Fitzgerald's future ramped up in the days following the Cardinals' 8-8 season, when former coach Bruce Arians retired on January 1 and quarterback Carson Palmer also retired a day later.

"I'm extremely excited", Wilks continued. Fitzgerald needs 92 catches to surpass tight end Tony Gonzalez's 1,325 career receptions, not a huge stretch considering Fitzgerald has averaged 108 grabs the past three seasons.

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Jerry Rice, in first place in both categories, is likely unreachable in both catches (1,549) and yards (22,895).

The 34-year-old Fitzgerald is the Cardinals' franchise leader in almost every statistical receiving category, including receptions, yards and touchdowns.

At the age of 34, Fitzgerald was relied upon perhaps more than any other year of his career. He reached Pro Bowl status in his second season - the first of 11 appearances in the game.

Fitzgerald's 10 postseason touchdown catches are tied for the fourth-most in the history of the National Football League, despite the fact that he's played in only nine playoff games.

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