NFL notebook: Fitzgerald pondering Cardinals return

NFL notebook: Fitzgerald pondering Cardinals return
By Reuters

13/01/2019 at 00:57Updated 13/01/2019 at 01:00

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said he is undecided if he will retire or play in 2019, which would be his 16th season in the NFL.

He told ESPN's Adam Schefter he intends to take some time to mull the
decision.

Fitzgerald committed to playing the 2018 season last February, but it turned
out to be a tough year in Arizona. The Cardinals finished the season with an
NFL-worst 3-13 record, and head coach Steve Wilks was fired.

New head coach Kliff Kingsbury said last week he hopes Fitzgerald will return.
In 2018, the 35-year-old appeared in all 16 games and caught 69 passes for 734
yards and six touchdowns.

--The Cleveland Browns officially named Freddie Kitchens as the team's new
head coach on Saturday.

Kitchens, 44, becomes the 17th full-time head coach in franchise history. He
replaces Hue Jackson, who was fired in October after compiling a 3-36-1 record
in two-plus seasons.

After parting ways with Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley in
October, the Browns promoted Kitchens from running backs coach to offensive
coordinator and named defensive coordinator Gregg Williams as interim head
coach. Williams has been relieved of his duties and is no longer with the
team.

--Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, whose job security was in question
when the team was 3-5 at midseason, now is expected to receive a long-term
contract extension, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Garrett's current contract runs through 2019, but his work leading the Cowboys
to a 10-6 finish apparently has owner Jerry Jones ready to commit to him
beyond then. Garrett is in his ninth season and is 77-59 since taking over in
Dallas midway through the 2010 season.

Jones gave Garrett a vote of confidence amid the team's midseason struggles
and teased a potential extension earlier this week during an interview on
105.3 The Fan.

--Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley and tight end Blake Jarwin were both
active for the team's divisional playoff game at the Los Angeles Rams.

Both players missed practice all week due to ankle injuries, but both were
expected to give it a go during pregame warmups, and both received the
go-ahead to play. Beasley aggravated his ankle issue last week but played
through it as the Cowboys beat the Seattle Seahawks.

Defensive tackle Maliek Collins and guard Xavier Su'a-Filo, who were also
questionable with ankle injuries, were also active. Safety Darian Thompson
(groin) was inactive for Dallas after being listed as questionable, and the
Rams were fully healthy.

--The Denver Broncos are expected to be one of several teams interested in
trading for Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown this offseason, NFL
Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

The report adds that there have been no moves toward reconciliation with the
team on Brown's part, and the Steelers may actively seek a trade rather than
merely listening to offers.

--New Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians is making a concerted
effort to keep wide receiver DeSean Jackson on the team, NFL Network reports.

Per the report, Arians intends to "re-recruit" Jackson and "convince him he
can be a big part of the offense," after the wideout reportedly soured on his
fit with the Bucs in 2018.

ESPN reported before the season finale that Jackson told the team he wants out
of his contract so he can play elsewhere in 2019. Jackson, 32, remains under
contract for $10 million in 2019 -- the last year of his deal -- but he has no
guaranteed money remaining.

--The Jacksonville Jaguars are interested in Denver Broncos coach/personnel
man Gary Kubiak for their offensive coordinator vacancy, according to an ESPN
report.

Kubiak, who is currently under contract in Denver's personnel department, was
expected to become the Broncos' offensive coordinator under new head coach Vic
Fangio, but those plans changed due to philosophical differences.

--Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry (heel) and running back Spencer Ware
(hamstring) were both inactive for the team's AFC divisional playoff game
against the visiting Indianapolis Colts.

However, Chiefs wideout Sammy Watkins (foot) was active for the first time
since Week 11.

--For all the grief Chicago Bears kicker Cody Parkey received for missing what
would have been a winning 43-yard field goal in the playoffs last week, many
others in the Windy City might express some sympathy after knowing what it
feels like.

Among the 101 contestants who tried the kick from the same yardage in tough,
wintery conditions in Chicago, not one put it through the uprights in what was
called the Cody Parkey challenge.

--Field Level Media

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