Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer retires


"Over the years, I've had teammates who chose to hang it up and I would ask them how they knew it was time to walk away", Palmer wrote in an open letter posted on the Cardinals website. The answer was nearly always the same: "You just know", Palmer began.

"For me, that time is now".

"What I'll never forget are the relationships - not just the incredible teammates and coaches, but all of those countless people at the Bengals, Raiders and Cardinals who work behind the scenes to make this whole thing run". His career grew far and wide, stopping at eleven different places around the way, and returning to some later on.

Carson Palmer's NFL career is over after 15 years in the league with three teams. "There wasn't one second that I took it for granted or failed to appreciate what a tremendous privilege it is". The Bengals drafted Palmer first overall in the 2003 Draft.

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The Cincinnati Bengals could be another, with the long-serving Marvin Lewis out of contract, but Hue Jackson is expected to remain with Cleveland despite their 0-16 season and the Denver Broncos have assured Vance Joseph his job is safe. Palmer finished his career with over 46,000 yards passing and 294 passing touchdowns.

Arizona Cardinals new defensive coordinator James Bettcher, middle, watches his players against the Cardinals offense during an NFL football training camp practice, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. "The mental and physical preparation it takes to compete - week in and week out, year in and year out - is draining and grueling but has always been my favorite part". Palmer may have his decision made for him by the team. He played seven games for the Cardinals in 2017, and threw for 7 touchdowns with 9 interceptions before being injured. Arians and Palmer spent the last five seasons together.

An open letter from Carson Palmer.

Drew Stanton and Blaine Gabbert split playing time for the Cardinals for the rest of the season. Palmer's 87.9 passer rating ranks 19th all-time. He says something else stands out about his 15 years in the NFL. "His leadership. It's just a shame he had the knee (injury) and now the arm, or I think he'd have done wondrous things in his time here". "What I will never forget are the relationships".