Larry Fitzgerald has signed a two-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals today (Feb. 18) and will stay with the only team that he’s played for.
Multiple sources say that Fitzgerald, 31, will earn $22 million guaranteed over the course of the new contract. He was due to earn $16 million in 2015.
Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said:
“I think it was just really important to Larry to remain a Cardinal. I know he feels like it’s a special place. He has a tremendous relationship with Michael Bidwill, our president and owner, so that really helped, as well, to have those two sit down and talk things out. We knew all along that Larry wanted to stay a Cardinal. We just had to find that balance where both sides were happy.”
Fitz is coming off his 11th year in the NFL, and is loyal to the greater Phoenix area. The franchise’s all-time leader in every major receiving category is a huge part of the Cards organization and is a fan favorite.
In a cutthroat business like professional sports, it’s great to see a player take a pay cut to clear cap space for the team to go after free agents to better the roster.
The eight-time Pro Bowler may be back for two more years, but his production has been dropping his last three seasons.
Fitz had a career-low two touchdowns in 2014.