Cardinals QB Carson Palmer Retires After 15 Seasons

One day after aging head coach Bruce Arians retired, the Arizona Cardinals’ slightly younger QB Carson Palmer followed suit.

Palmer, who turned 38-years old last week—and missed the final 9 games of the season with a broken arm—has announced his retirement after 15 seasons in the National Football League.

"Over the years, I've had teammates who decided to hang it up and I would ask them how they knew when it was time to walk away," says Palmer. "The answer was almost always the same: You just know. For me that time is now. Why? Quite simply, I just know."

And he would know better than anyone else—especially all of the doubters who thought his career was over five years ago when he left Oakland with an 8-16 record over two seasons—the worst span of his career.

But he knew better as he rejuvenated his career in Arizona under Arians, thriving in his vertical-passing scheme that centered on his Palmer’s favorite target, and future Hall of Famer, Larry Fitzgerald.

Palmer posted a career best 13-3 record leading the Cards to an NFC West title in 2014 with a 104.6 passer rating and 35 touchdowns—both career highs.

Now, Palmer ends his career with a 92-88-1, 46,247 passing yards, 294 touchdowns, 187 interceptions and an 87.9 passer rating.

He leaves the game 12th all-time in passing yards and touchdowns and more importantly—on his own terms.


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