Larry Fitzgerald returning to Cardinals for 16th season

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is returning for a 16th NFL season.

The Cardinals announced Wednesday that Fitzgerald gets a one-year contract, but terms were not disclosed.

"No player has meant more to this franchise or this community than Larry Fitzgerald," team president Michael Bidwill said in a statement. "In my discussions with him, it was clear that he is as driven and as passionate as ever. We are thrilled he'll be back for 2019."

Fitzgerald told ESPN's Adam Schefter via text message earlier this month that he was taking some time to collect his thoughts after a grueling season in which Arizona (3-13) finished with the worst record in the NFL and landed the No. 1 overall pick in the April draft.

The Cardinals have a new head coach in Kliff Kingsbury. During his introductory news conference this week, Kingsbury said he would love to have Fitzgerald on the team next season but would let the front office figure out whether the wide receiver was coming back.

In 2018, Fitzgerald did not announce his decision on playing until mid-February.

Fitzgerald, who had 69 catches for 734 yards and six touchdowns this season, will be 36 years old during the 2019 season. He is solidly No. 2 in career receiving yards, trailing Jerry Rice by more than 6,000 yards, but he could pass Tony Gonzalez for second on the career receptions list. Fitzgerald needs 23 catches to pass Gonzalez.