The veteran wide receiver has decided to return for a 16th year by signing a one-year contract this week with the team, ending for now the speculation about his future.
Fitzgerald, who will turn 36 at the end of August, remains the top receiver on the team and a crucial leader at a position that is young and inexperienced. While his statistics sunk in 2018, it was due to the entire unit’s struggles more than Fitzgerald’s own dip in play. He still led the team in receptions (69), receiving yards (734) and receiving touchdowns (6).
Fitzgerald finished the season as the No. 26 WR in PPR formats. It marked just the fourth time in the last 14 seasons that he finished outside the top 20. While his yards per reception stayed even (10.6 in both 2017 and 2018), his catch rate dropped to 61.6% thanks in large part to Josh Rosen's 55.2% completion rate.