Fitzgerald's deal: Stable QB should help

Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today

Larry Fitzgerald’s statistics in 2014 were better before Carson Palmer’s injury.Larry Fitzgerald and the Arizona Cardinals agreed to a two-year contract Wednesday, keeping the most productive receiver in franchise history in place. And if Carson Palmer can make a successful return from ACL surgery, there's reason to think Fitzgerald will benefit.

What does Fitzgerald mean to the Cardinals? He has 323 more receptions, 3,654 more receiving yards and 20 more touchdowns (rushing or receiving) than any other player in Cardinals history.

Receptions: 1. Fitzgerald 909, 2. Anquan Boldin 586

Receiving yards: 1. Fitzgerald 12,151, 2. Roy Green 8,497

Rushing and receiving touchdowns: 1. Fitzgerald 89, 2. Green 69

Larry Fitzgerald Receiving

Is there an explanation for declining stats?

Fitzgerald had the fourth-most receiving yards in the NFL in 2011. His average rank in the three seasons since has been 38th.

With nine 30-yard receptions combined in the past three seasons, he appears to have lost the threat of a deep play. He had 14 30-yard receptions in 2011.

Larry Fitzgerald By Quarterback
2014 Season

In 2014, Fitzgerald had a career-low two receiving touchdowns. He also had his fewest receptions (63) and receiving yards (784) since his rookie season of 2004.

But with Palmer at quarterback, Fitzgerald averaged 81 yards per game, which would have been his highest total since 2011.

The future for Fitzgerald

The 2015 season will be Fitzgerald's 12th in the NFL. There have been 39 instances of a player having at least 1,000 receiving yards in his 12th season or later in NFL history.

Fitzgerald has caught at least one pass from 16 quarterbacks and a touchdown pass from 12 quarterbacks in his career. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, catching at least one pass from 16 QBs is one shy of the most by an active player.

Brandon Lloyd and Derek Hagan have caught at least one pass from 17 quarterbacks, and Santana Moss also has at least one reception from 16 quarterbacks.