NFL News: Larry Fitzgerald, Carson Palmer staying in Arizona, Cardinals still a contender

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Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals (FF Swami/Wiki)

Larry Fitzgerald and Carson Palmer have signed one-year contract extensions with the Arizona Cardinals, confirmed reports stated on Friday. The veterans are assured of staying in Arizona through the 2018 season for Fitzgerald and the 2017 season for Palmer.

The 32-year-old Fitzgerald will be playing in his 13th NFL season, all for Arizona, The wide receiver has caught a career-high 109 passes for 1,215 yards and nine touchdowns last season for the Cardinals, which finished 13-3 last regular season.

Palmer is already 36 years old but is expected to be the starting quarterback for the Arizona team. Palmer had an 82.1 quarterback rating last year finishing with 4,671 passing yards with 35 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in the regular season.

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Adam Schefter reported the contract extensions for the veterans on Twitter.

“As for speculation that this could be the final season for 36-year-old QB Carson Palmer and the 32-year-old WR Larry Fitzgerald? Well…” Schefter tweeted on Friday. “Cardinals gave 1-year extensions to Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald, tying QB to AZ through 2018 and WR through 2017, sources tell ESPN.”

The Cardinals played well last year both in the regular season and postseason. In the playoffs, Arizona beat the Green Bay Packers in overtime, 26-20 but fell to the Carolina Panthers, 49-15 in the conference championships.

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“Clearly these are two core members of our team who have played major roles in our success. 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,” Steve Keim, the general manager for the Arizona Cardinals, said in an official statement.

“Both now and in the years ahead. It also reaffirms our long-stated intention that when the time comes, these two great players end their stellar careers as Cardinals.”

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