The Arizona Cardinals have signed Larry Fitzgerald to a one-year extension that will keep the veteran wide receiver with the team through the 2018 season, the team announced on Friday.
Fitzgerald has continued to be a steady, high-level performer for a Cardinals offense that has been significantly hampered by injuries to quarterback Carson Palmer and running back David Johnson.
At the age of 34, Fitzgerald has shown no signs of slowing down, as he’s on pace for a third consecutive 1,000-yard season. Nine game in he ranks in second in receptions (60) and seventh in receiving yards (677).
During a loss to the Seattle Seahawks last Thursday, Fitzgerald passed the 15,000 career receiving yards mark, making him only the sixth player in NFL history to do so.
Before the season, Fitzgerald dodged the question of whether 2017 would be his final season.
“I feel good right now,” Fitzgerald said in July. “When that changes, I’ll let you know.”
Fitzgerald, who flirted with retirement after the 2016 season, is already technically under contract for 2018, but it was a “voidable year” for salary cap purposes, and he was set to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2017 season. This contract extension would ensure that, if Fitzgerald decides to play in 2018, it will be in a Cardinals uniform.
While the extension doesn’t guarantee he won’t retire, Fitzgerald has said the one thing that has kept him coming back year after year is the quest for that elusive Super Bowl ring.