The Cardinals announced one-year contract extensions for Palmer and Fitzgerald on Friday, tying the quarterback to Arizona through the 2018 season and the wide receiver to the team through 2017.
Carson’s extension will be worth $24 million, a source said. Carson will get a $6.75 million signing bonus, plus a guaranteed 2017 salary of $15.5 million. Before the extension deal, none of his money for 2017 had been guaranteed.
His 2018 salary will be $12.5 million plus a $1.5 million roster bonus, none of which is guaranteed.
The Cardinals wanted to keep the core of their team together for as long as they could, and these extensions will enable them to do just that. Palmer is 36 and Fitzgerald turns 33 this month, but they have played as if they’re in the prime of their careers.
Both players are coming off some of their best and most productive NFL seasons.
Last season, Palmer threw for a career-best 4,671 yards and a career-best 35 touchdowns. Palmer joined the Cardinals in 2013 after being acquired in a trade from the Oakland Raiders. Since coming to Arizona, Palmer has a 29-9 record as a starter, including a 19-3 mark over the past two seasons.
Fitzgerald caught a career-high 109 passes for 1,215 yards and nine touchdowns. Entering his 13th season in Arizona, Fitzgerald was originally taken by the Cardinals as the third overall pick of the 2004 NFL draft out of Pittsburgh.
Their play spoke volumes, and so did the actions of the Cardinals’ front office. Now both players at the core of the Cardinals’ success are agreeing to extend their contracts and careers.
ESPN’s Dan Graziano contributed to this report.