Fitzgerald, Palmer land extensions from Cardinals


The Arizona Cardinals are intent on keeping their core together after re-signing Larry Fitzgerald and Carson Palmer.

NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver Fitzgerald and Palmer signed contract extensions on Friday, just days after the Cardinals came up with a new deal for safety Tyrann Mathieu.

"Clearly these are two core members of our team who have played major roles in our success," general manager Steve Keim said in a statement.

"Each of them had contracts that were due to expire in the next year or two so these extensions provide a measure of certainty and clarity for the players and organization, both now and in the years ahead."

Fitzgerald, 33, was extended through the 2017 season for an additional $11million, according to reports.

The perennial Pro Bowler negotiated his own deal after his agent, Eugene Parker, died recently. Fitzgerald caught a career-high 109 passes in 2015, adding 1,215 yards and 19 touchdowns. 

Fitzgerald admitted recently that he thought about retirement, although his new deal makes it unlikely he will quit anytime soon. 

Palmer, 37, passed for 35 touchdowns and set a team-record with 4,671 yards while helping lead the team to the NFC Championship. His deal now lasts through 2018 with the final year worth $24.35m.