After 15 years in the NFL, Carson Palmer has finally decided to hang up his cleats.
Just two days after Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, announced his retirement, quarterback Carson Palmer did the same. In a heartfelt letter to the Cardinals organization and their fans, Palmer expressed that it is simply just his time to move on. The Cardinals posted the letter on their Twitter page.
After stints in Cincinnati, Oakland, and finally Arizona the long-time signal caller has decided that 15 seasons was enough. In a season where he lost his running back to a wrist injury, and he himself broke his arm, it is easy to see why Palmer thinks it is time. Also, with a new coach coming in to Arizona, it is probably best for the franchise to start fresh.
Over the course of his career Palmer has been on both good and bad teams, most recently on the Cardinals in 2015 when they finished the season 13-3 but lost to the Carolina Panthers in the NFC title game. It seemed as somewhat of a renaissance for Palmer at the time, but it did not last long as in 2016 the Cardinals finished with a 7-8-1 record. Then in 2017, Palmer only played in seven games before breaking his left arm.
A career passer rating of 87.9 is impressive, especially given the longevity of his career. His 62.5 completion percentage and 46,247 yards are also noteworthy. Palmer was a gunslinger, and the high-octane passing attack he led in Arizona will be how he is remembered.
Palmer accomplished a lot in his career, but never achieved his goal of winning a Super Bowl. The former No. 1 overall pick never won a ring, but will still go down as one of the better quarterbacks of this generation. His retirement is not surprising, especially given the circumstances. Regardless, Palmer will be missed dearly by fans of the NFL.