Jurecki adds that Fitzgerald can earn up to $1 million in incentives if he gets to No. 2 all-time in receiving yards.
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- Mike Jurecki mentioned earlier in the day that Fitzgerald was considering returning to the Cardinals next year and it wouldn’t be surprising if he’s back in 2018.
- Kent Somers reports that it remains to be seen if Fitzgerald intends on playing next year, but this deal ensures that he will be a Cardinal should he return.
There has been a lot of speculation over the past few years about Fitzgerald possibly retiring from the NFL, but it appears as though he’s ready and willing to commit to returning for at least another year.
This could also be an indication that Carson Palmer may return for the 2018 season. Although, we’ll have to see if Arizona is interested in bringing him back for another season.
Fitzgerald, 34, is a former first-round pick of the Cardinals back in 2004. He agreed to renegotiate his seven-year $113 million contract and signed a two-year, $22 million deal with Arizona that was fully guaranteed included a no-trade clause back in 2015.
Arizona later gave him another one-year, $11 million extension before last season that kept him under contract through 2017. Fitzgerald is in line to be an unrestricted free agent next year.
In 2017, Fitzgerald has appeared in nine games and caught 60 receptions for 677 yards receiving and three touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 11 receiver out of 113 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Top 25 – 2018 NFL Free Agents list.