Cardinals coach wants to keep Larry Fitzgerald on team

Wide receiver Larry Fizgerald has only played for the Arizona Cardinals however his current contract status has made him questionable to return to the team for the 2015 season.

One person who wants to keep Fitzgerald with the Cardinals is head coach Bruce Arians.

“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t,” Arians said. “We definitely, desperately want him to stay. He knows that. It’s really his decision.”

Arians added that Fitzgerald “is the ultimate team player.”

“God yeah. Larry has become one of the best blockers, like Hines Ward, in the league,” Arians said. “You really have to be a football player to have that role. But he knows how much it helps the team. He’s learned to play in the slot well, he can still play outside. He can do pretty much everything in the offense.”

Arians believes that Fitzgerald can continue to play at a high level.

Fitzgerald, 31, caught 83 passes for 784 yards and two touchdowns. The touchdown total was the lowest in his career which dates back to the 2004 season. His yardage barely avoided a similar fate. The Cardinals played much of the season without quarterback Carson Palmer having to rely on backup Drew Stanton and later Ryan Lindley.

Fitzgeraldn needs just 81 receptions to reach the 1,000 catch milestone but his $23.6 million cap number for 2015 makes his return to the Cardinals a toss-up.