The iconic Cardinals receiver will stay with the team that drafted him perhaps until the end of his stellar career.
The Arizona Cardinals have reached a new contract with WR Larry Fitzgerald for a two-year deal worth over $22 million.
ProFootballTalk.com reported that the Cardinals had been working hard with Fitzgeald both to give him a fair deal that would keep him with the team for the remainder of his best years while also offering them significant cap relief in a year where they had very little cap space to work with.
Under his previous deal, Fitzgerald would have made a non-guanrateed $15 million salary but over $32 million overall. This deal gives Fitzgerald more money up front each season and saves cap space.
The new deal for Fitzgerald saves the team $13 million in cap space and will give the Cardinals’ all-time leading receiver fully guaranteed salaries until he turns 34.
The Cardinals franchise player has been on the tail-end of his career and has been declining in production recently. Fitzgerald missed the Pro Bowl for his first time since 2006 while setting a career low with only 2 TDs. He was also targeted a career-low 103 times.
Fitzgerald holds numerous NFL records for reaching milestones, becoming the youngest player in NFL history to record over 900 receptions – and his 909 career receptions are 19th in NFL history. His 89 receiving TDs are also 12th in NFL history.