Carson Palmer announces retirement

Carson Palmer announces retirement

Carson Palmer announces retirement

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

Palmer chose to hang 'em up in an open letter where says he will miss his teammates and the "grind" but believes it is time to call it a career. The answer was nearly always the same: "'You just know.'" Palmer said in a letter published by the Cardinals.

"For me that time is now. Why?"

"What I'll never forget are the relationships - not just the wonderful 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".

The three-time Pro Bowler had his 2017 season cut short due to a broken left arm with his final game coming in a Week 7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

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Palmer was the No. 1 overall pick by Cincinnati in the 2003 NFL Draft. "We can only hope that the next chapters are as rewarding and provide as much joy as the last 15 years in the National Football League have". "There wasn't one second that I took it for granted or failed to appreciate what a tremendous privilege it is".

"I'll especially miss the grind", Palmer wrote. "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".

The Cardinals are now in the market for a head coach and a quarterback.

Palmer's career was defined by a slew of injuries, including shoulder problems and multiple torn ACLs. But Stanton and Gabbert, along with backup QB Matt Barkley, are all set to become free agents, meaning the Cards do not have a quarterback under contract for the 2018 season.

The Cardinals entered this season as a playoff contender, thanks to the return of Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald and running back David Johnson, who was a revelation in 2016. He says something else stands out about his 15 years in the NFL. "What I will never forget are the relationships".

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