Short after losing their head coach Bruce Arians, the Arizona Cardinals will have to look for a new quarterback as well. Just like Arians, Carson Palmer announced that he is retiring from NFL. He revealed the decision via a letter posted on Cardinals’ social media and official website.
“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,” – wrote the 38-year-old. “The answer was almost always the same: You just know. For me, that time is now. Why? Quite simply, I just know.”
An open letter from Carson Palmer.
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) January 2, 2018
This means that Palmer’s NFL career actually ended in Week 7 when he broke his arm in a match against the Los Angeles Rams and was ruled out for the rest of the season. Although the player said back in December that he feels good about returning to the field, it looks like he had a change of hearts.
Carson Palmer played college football at USC for five years, winning the Heisman Trophy in 2002. Cincinnati Bengals took him with the first overall pick in the 2003 NFL draft but didn’t allow him to take a single snap in his rookie season. He was named the team’s starting quarterback in 2004 and led the Bengals to their first winning season in 15 years in 2005. Palmer reached the playoffs with Bengals in 2009 once again, before asking for a trade. He then spent time with Raiders before signing with Cardinals and reviving his career. He compiled a 92-88-1 record with these three teams, finishing his NFL career with 46,247 yards, 294 touchdowns, and 187 interceptions.
Prior to Palmer announcing his retirement, Cardinals’ head coach Bruce Arians revealed he is also walking away from the NFL after 42 years of coaching and 5 years at the helm of the team. Arians explained his decision by saying that he wants to spend more time with his family.