Carson Palmer expects to be back, Larry Fitzgerald “will see what goes on”

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Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim said last week that he expects to have quarterback Carson Palmer and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald back with the team in 2017 and the two players fielded questions about their plans for the future after Sunday’s 48-41 loss to the Saints.

Palmer said he hasn’t given much thought to what’s beyond the 2016 season at this point, but that he expects that he will be back and wants to remain with the team. Fitzgerald, who is under contract for next year along with Palmer, also said that it hasn’t been on his mind and sounded less sure about his feelings than Palmer.

“I got two more games to go [this season],” Fitzgerald said, via the team’s website. “I will play those games as hard as I can against two division opponents and we will see what goes on this offseason. My attention is solely focused on Seattle this Saturday.”

Fitzgerald needs two catches for the fourth 100-catch season of his career and needs 12 catches to top last year’s 109 for the most in a single season in his career. He’s averaging a career-low 9.7 yards per catch, but otherwise appears to have plenty of gas in the tank.

Palmer’s play has taken a bigger slip, although any thoughts about a change at quarterback will have to be balanced with whether another choice would be an upgrade on what they can expect from Palmer.

18 responses to “Carson Palmer expects to be back, Larry Fitzgerald “will see what goes on”

  1. Translation: He’s had enough. This season has been a tremendous letdown for a team that came in with a lot of hype and high expectations. Arians looks to have lost his mojo and other than David Johnson and the Honey Badger there doesn’t appear to be much young talent in the pipeline.

    He’s seen this movie before, plenty of times. If he decides the time is right to finally check out, he certainly has earned the right to walk on his own terms.

  2. Not a Cardinals fan, but I’ve always had the utmost respect for Fitzgerald and his professionalism. He always plays hard and won’t quit even when being on some really awful teams unlike his QB, a known quitter.

  3. Cards seem like they put themselves in the SB based on the preseason predictions. They believed the hype and forgot they still have to win the games.

    Arians has been shown to be a fraud. He throws his players under the bus and expects them to sit and take it. They gave up on him and his BS.

  4. The failure is on Bruce Arians. They are done with a guy that blames the players in the press after a loss. Week after week he is outright naming players telling the press how it is all their fault.

    It is over down there. On top of that you got Pete Carroll the ultimate players coach to compare to in the division. He would never throw anyone under the bus.

  5. David Johnson is a beast, Honey Badger needs good players around him. He can’t do it all on his own.

  6. Get a quarterback in there, avoid injuries on defense, and that team’s a contender again. If they stick with Palmer then Larry may as well retire because he’s not winning anything.

  7. The Bears are almost certain to let Alshon Jeffery and Marquess Wilson walk after this season. Behind that they have only Cameron Meredith, Kevin White (who is at least a season away from contributing if he ever amounts to anything at all), and career special teamers.

    The Bears should bring the Cards an offer of Jay Cutler and their 3rd rounder (which will be high in the round) for Fitz, and see if the Cardinals bite.

  8. Larry will be back. Carson has some of the blame, but anyone would look bad behind the patchwork OL and zero protection which Arians loves – not to mention a under performing wr group. 2nd CB and playing with the ghost off the honey badger has doomed the ability of the D. Cards are not far from being back to 2015, but Arians needs to consider the weaknesses and his own play calling. Not to mention a ton off potential FA.

  9. Fitz is the man. He is an absolute warrior and deserves all the props he is getting.
    Arizona just faded so quickly. He may be ready to walk but I won’t count him out until he says so.
    Rewind to about one year ago.
    Cardinals were 13-2 still with outside chance at #1 seed. Just as they pulled within 10-6 of Seattle week 17 last year that had to be exciting for their fanbase to see that Tampa Bay was up 3-0 on Carolina at the end of one quarter. Then it fell apart from there.
    Since that point they have gone 6-10-1 , and Arians “new sheriff in town” hopes peaked with that OT playoff win over Green Bay.
    NFL is tough. Small windows of opportunity.

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