Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer retires

Arnold Nichols
January 3, 2018

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer has announced his retirement after 15 seasons in the NFL.

The Cardinals' offseason of change won't be limited to their head coaching position. Palmer played 14 seasons in the National Football League (7 with Cincinnati, 2 with Oakland, 5 with Arizona) where he played in 182 regular season games but made the playoffs just 3 times (4 games).

Palmer led the Cardinals to a 3-4 record to start the 2017 season before breaking his left, non-throwing arm in Week 7 against the Rams and going on injured reserve days later. His injuries woes emerged at inopportune times, though, as he was only available for one of the team's two playoff runs.

Palmer has played for the Cardinals for the last five years, starting 60 games.


"What I'll never forget are the relationships - not just the unbelievable 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". I know for sure it will center around the five most important people in my life - my wife Shae and our four awesome kids. Palmer finished the 2011 season in Oakland and played there in 2012 before the Raiders traded him to the Cardinals in April 2013.

Palmer's final career numbers included 46,247 passing yards, which ranks 12th all-time; he threw for 294 touchdown passes, which ranks 12th all-time.

With Palmer and Arians moving on, the team is still awaiting word from future Hall of Fame wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald on his plans for 2018.

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