By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The exodus of the 2017 Arizona Cardinals has begun. First, Bruce Arians announced that he was retiring on Monday. Now, Carson Palmer followed suit one day later.
Palmer walked away from the game after 15 seasons in the 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,” he said. “The answer was almost always the same: You just know.
“For me, that time is now. Why? Quite simply, I just know.”
Palmer joined the Cardinals following a trade with the Oakland Raiders. He joined the team shortly after Arians was named head coach.
The 38-year-old guided the Cardinals to the playoffs twice. Yet, like this season — and much of his career — he has been hampered with injuries. He missed the final nine games of the Cardinals season with a broken arm.
With the Cardinals, in 60 games, he went 38-21-1. He went 1,373 of 2,197 for 16,782 passing yards. He also had 105 touchdowns and 57 interceptions.
In two seasons in Oakland, he went 8-16 in 24 starts, though he played in 25 games there. He went 544 of 893 for 6,771 passing yards, including 35 touchdowns and 30 interceptions.
The five-years with the Cardinals — included rumors that he would retire after last season — were the second-longest for a team in his career. He began his career with the Cincinnati Bengals, where he played seven seasons.
In Cincinnati, he went 46-51 in 97 starts. He went 2,024 of 3,217 for 22,694 passing yards. He had 154 touchdowns and 100 interceptions.
Palmer will finish his career as the 12th all-time leader with 46,247 passing yards.