Larry Fitzgerald has committed his long-term future to the Cardinals by signing a new eight-year deal with the franchise. Terms of the deal have not been officially released but the contract is thought to be one of the most lucrative ever signed in the history of the NFL.
Fitzgerald could reportedly earn as much as $120 million over the course of the deal, with $47 million of that money guaranteed to him. His average of $15 million per season puts him below only elite quarterbacks such as Peyton Manning and Tom Brady and above all other wide receivers.
The 27-year-old, who claims to hate the business side of sports, says he did not use his position as the team’s star attraction to get what he wanted from Cardinals owner Bill Bidwell.
“I’m not one to hold a hammer over anybody’s head,” Fitzgerald told his team’s official website.
Fitzgerald insisted he “hates this part of sports,” but he certainly has made a boatload of money. This is the third major contract he has signed, and he doesn’t turn 28 until August 31st.
“Growing up, since I was 7 years old, this has been the game I love and something I have been so passionate about,” Fitzgerald said, “and to have to talk about it on the business side is a little bit uncomfortable. But I am really happy to put it behind us and it wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for the Bidwill family’s hard work in making this thing happen.”
The Cardinals had said they wanted Fitzgerald’s new contract wrapped up by the start of the regular season, and they made it with two weeks to spare.