Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer announced his retirement Tuesday in a letter after 15 seasons in the NFL.
“Over the years, I’ve had teammates who decided to hang it up and I would ask them how they knew it was time to walk away. The answer was almost always the same: you just know,” Palmer said in the letter.
“For me, that time is now. For 15 years I’ve been able to play quarterback in the NFL, and it’s been the most incredible experience in my life. There wasn’t one second that I took for granted or failed to appreciate what a tremendous privilege it is.”
The Bengals selected Palmer first overall in the 2003 NFL Draft after he’d won the Heisman Trophy at USC. Palmer then spent eight seasons with the Bengals before a short stint with the Raiders. In 2013, Palmer moved to Arizona to play his final five seasons with the Cardinals.
Palmer finished his career with 46,247 total passing yards, 294 touchdown passes and 187 interceptions. He also finished with a 62.5 completion percentage and an 87.9 passer rating.
“What I’ll never forget are the relationships — not just the amazing 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.”
Palmer was reduced to just seven games this season after breaking his left arm. He was placed on injured reserve with nine touchdowns and seven interceptions this season.
With Palmer opting to retire, and Bruce Arians retiring as head coach, the Cardinals could be ready to usher in a new era. Veteran wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has yet to announce his decision for next season, but the end of his career could be just around the corner as well.