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Carson Palmer: You never know when your last year is going to be

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Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer said recently that he doesn’t think his age is a reason to bet against him and the team this season and pointed to other quarterbacks who have won the Super Bowl with more experience than Palmer’s 14 NFL seasons.

Tom Brady was one example cited by Palmer and he won the Super Bowl after both his 15th and 17th years in the league. Palmer will make it to his 15th year, but anything beyond that remains up in the air. While Palmer said he’s stopped telling his wife that he’s going to retire after the season, he’s not predicting what he’ll say when the year comes to an end.

“I love every facet of it,” Palmer said, via the team’s website. “I don’t want to stop. But I’ll have to wait and make that decision after the season. … There’s always urgency, especially as you get to the second half of your career. You just never know when your last year is going to be.”

The Cardinals gave Palmer less work than usual this offseason in hopes of keeping him as fresh as possible for the regular season. How fresh he feels come the end of the season and the Cardinals’ spot in the standings will likely have a lot to do with Palmer’s ultimate decision about his playing future.

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  1. SidFarkus says: Jun 27, 2017 4:18 PM

    Yours was 2 years ago, Carson Daly

  2. Drunk Uncle says: Jun 27, 2017 4:19 PM

    Carson is clearly the best quarterback in the NFC West.

    NFC West Standings 2017-18
    1. Cardinals: Best offense in the division, defense has improved over last year.
    2. Seahawks: Worst offensive line in the division, an offense that regularly failed to score more than 10 points a game last year, and the defense has overpaid blowhards coming back from big injuries that you can’t rush.
    3. Rams: New head coach is an improvement, but their O-line is weaker and their QB is subpar. Their defense can still fight though.
    4. 49ers: New GM and head coach both made smart decisions and are improving upon last year’s utter lack of talent. The only question between 3 and 4 for them is whether they tank to get better draft picks.

  3. elyasm says: Jun 27, 2017 4:20 PM

    Mr. Palmer, I know Tom Brady. Tom Brady is a friend of mine. And you, sir, are no Tom Brady.

  4. cobrala2 says: Jun 27, 2017 4:24 PM

    “You are a football player, Carson. And you have two or three years left in you. You’re the quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals! You’re a (fantasy) legend, and you’re talking about quitting??? I will not listen to this from you! I will not!”

  5. shooter28 says: Jun 27, 2017 4:29 PM

    Palmer is signed thru 2018, he will play out his contract but anything beyond that is questionable.
    The problem last season was Palmer’s entire starting O-Line was injured basically, with 3 of 5 starters on IR causing him to be the most hit QB in the NFL, Hit 117 times with 2nd/3rd string guys blocking in front of him. Palmer was also without 3 of his top WRs last year.
    Yet despite that Palmer still played at a Pro-Bowl level over the last 8 games last season despite having ZERO Protection, QBing AZs offense to an 8th overall ranking, 8th in passing offense, 7th in point differential +56 & AZ was 6th in points scored per game scoring 26.9 PGG despite ZERO pass protection. AZ should of win 11 games last year despite A TON OF INJURIES and that stats back that up, their kicker cost them 3 wins in the final seconds of games and their LS cost them 1 game.

    This year Palmer is going to have an excellent Loaded Top-10 Offensive Line in front of him that excels both in pass pro n run blocking with everyone back fully healthy which is important because as long as Palmer is protected, he plays at an Elite All-Pro top 5-7 QB Level in Arians offense.
    Palmer is also going to have an absolutely LOADED Elite top 5 offense around him surrounded with weapons with more SPEED at WR than any other team in the NFL with all of his WRs healthy with two RBs who excel as WRs in the NFLs best RB Elite All-Pro David Johnson & Rookie 5″10/200pd RB TJ Logan (4.37 40) who is an excellent WR as well as RB and reminds me a lot of Devonta Freeman but a much faster version. AZ is also going to have an Elite top 5 Defense backing the offense up. With more speed at WR than any other NFL Team AZs offense is going to put tremendous pressure on secondaries which will really open up things underneath.
    With all of the talent around Palmer as long as he is protected, Palmer won’t have any trouble at all playing at an Elite caliber level again throwing for 4500+YDs 35-40TDs/12-14INTs with a 100-105 QB Passer Rating as long as he is protected, which he will be. An Elite rushing offense will help a ton as well.

  6. cmoney20 says: Jun 27, 2017 4:40 PM

    I know yours Carson, this year bro. You’re no Carson Wentz. You came and then you Wentz.

  7. absolutevisuals says: Jun 27, 2017 4:57 PM

    My second favorite Gunslinger. Palmer can throw a ball, he can throw picks too, but he keeps throwing regardless.

  8. swhy19 says: Jun 27, 2017 4:59 PM

    How is palmer not included on the biggest bust lists of all time?
    He whined his way out of Cincy and Oakland, and proceeds to give a pretty talented Cardinals squad zero chance to win… You can have him…..

  9. florida76 says: Jun 27, 2017 5:01 PM

    shooter28,

    You’re clearly a diehard Cardinals fan, but usually, it’s the truly elite QBs who win Super Bowls. Carson Palmer has had a good career, but he’s no HOF QB. He’s like Tony Romo, who often struggled in the postseason, as his teams were usually unsuccessful.
    Palmer will be lucky to play after 2018, and his window for greatness is closed.

  10. bighoser says: Jun 27, 2017 5:05 PM

    You’re WAAAAAY more fragile than Brady, Carson. Even with a better line protecting you this year, the o/u line on games you that you will appear in is 10.5. I’ll take the under all day on that one.

  11. iknowurider72 says: Jun 27, 2017 5:15 PM

    Leaving Cincinnati really worked out well for you. You’re still a pick machine. I will definitely be betting against you.

  12. Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Jun 27, 2017 5:17 PM

    Poor Carson. Drafted by the Mike Brown-owned Bengals, played for the Senile Al Davis Raiders, now with the Bidwell-owned Cards. A fifteen year NFL career can’t go worse than that, front office-wise.

    Imagine if he were drafted by a team with a competent front office, like the Patriots, Steelers, Giants, etc. He’d probably be a first ballot Hall of Famer. Say what you will, the dude has always been talented.

  13. redclaw1314 says: Jun 27, 2017 5:21 PM

    Cardinals will make a run at Jimmy G next year.

  14. tylawspick6 says: Jun 27, 2017 5:24 PM

    jimmy g to the cards for 2 1st rd picks

  15. correctingerrors says: Jun 27, 2017 5:28 PM

    Remember when this guy played 9 seasons for the Bengals when they were awful, finally got to a playoff game but then the Steelers defender rolled up on his leg breaking it? Just when I thought it couldn’t get worse, he decided not to play for cincy any more but some how got stuck on terrible raiders squads. Finally gets his footing in AZ, then injured for the year. Comes back, fights off constant backup competition, and remains the starter. This might be the best team to start the year that he has been on. No way he is retiring yet.

  16. arzcardinals says: Jun 27, 2017 5:30 PM

    I’ll take him over many other QB’s out there. Is he the best? No. Put an article up on Brady and people complain. What I’ve learned….people ALWAYS complain.

  17. bobthebillsfan says: Jun 27, 2017 5:33 PM

    Well, if he gets beat up this year as badly as he did last year he won’t be back. If that happens the QB situation in AZ will be interesting to watch.

  18. fakebookfreddy says: Jun 27, 2017 5:37 PM

    Palmer is baked and caked in the desert sun. His arm strength was clearly off last season when the Cards had their first losing record in a while. Palmer is playing for paychecks, nothing more.

  19. seahawkboymike says: Jun 27, 2017 6:09 PM

    Drunk Uncle says:

    Carson is clearly the best quarterback in the NFC West.

    NFC West Standings 2017-18
    1. Cardinals: Best offense in the division, defense has improved over last year.
    2. Seahawks: Worst offensive line in the division, an offense that regularly failed to score more than 10 points a game last year, and the defense has overpaid blowhards coming back from big injuries that you can’t rush.
    3. Rams: New head coach is an improvement, but their O-line is weaker and their QB is subpar. Their defense can still fight though.
    4. 49ers: New GM and head coach both made smart decisions and are improving upon last year’s utter lack of talent. The only question between 3 and 4 for them is whether they tank to get better draft picks.
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    Or…

    1. Seahawks 12-4
    2. Cardinals 8-8
    3. Rams 6-10
    4. 49ers 4-12

    … And the Seahawks have the division wrapped up by Thanksgiving again.

    It’s been amusing watching “All or Nothing” on NFLN. The Cardinals came into the Seahawks game 13-2 and boasting about how they had won more games over the previous 2 years than any team in the NFL. The Seahawks destroyed them 36-6 on their own home field and they’ve never recovered. They are 8-10-1 since that game. The Seahawks shattered them and they are done after having lost half their players off a defense that wasn’t that good to begin with.

    The Seahawks will cruise back to the playoffs and the Cardinals will be rebuilding with a new regime by this time next year. See you in February!!!

  20. xxsweepthelegxx says: Jun 27, 2017 6:47 PM

    @shooter

    Dude, I k ow we all like ‘our’ team, but that is serious homerism. Who were the top 3 WRs that Were all hurt last year? Fitz was there. Floyd was there?(he struggled) JJ, etc….sounds like an excuse.

    A bad O-line is a legit excuse, it makes life harder on a QB. Palmer needs a faster release time too though.

    And I’m pretty sure Chris Johnson and then David Johnson have given him an elite running game over the past 2 years, way better than most run games. DJ is incredible.

    AZ was surely a better team than their record showed last year. But sometimes you are what your record says you are right?

    I’d love for AZ to win for Fitz alone, one of the classiest players ever

  21. Drunk Uncle says: Jun 27, 2017 6:50 PM

    It’s been amusing watching the Seahawks be unable to beat the Cardinals, the last three times they played.

    Cardinals > Seahawks

    And to you Pats fans, nobody is trading for Jimmy G next year. He’s a free agent in 2018. That’s why nobody is sending you first round picks this year, when they can just wait a year to sign him.

  22. fakebookfreddy says: Jun 27, 2017 8:02 PM

    Palms has never been a true leader. In his biggest games, he always comes up woefully short.. Just sayin’

  23. tylawspick6 says: Jun 27, 2017 8:05 PM

    Drunk Uncle says:
    Jun 27, 2017 6:50 PM
    It’s been amusing watching the Seahawks be unable to beat the Cardinals, the last three times they played.

    Cardinals > Seahawks

    And to you Pats fans, nobody is trading for Jimmy G next year. He’s a free agent in 2018. That’s why nobody is sending you first round picks this year, when they can just wait a year to sign him.

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    man, some fanbases are dumb

    if you trade for garoppolo, you control his contract

    a free agent bidding war sends jimmy g past 30 mil per with
    so many teams having interest

    please get to a community college

  24. e3ander says: Jun 28, 2017 1:10 AM

    Carson Palmer is still playing????

  25. RegisHawk says: Jun 28, 2017 9:00 AM

    Ahh…Carson Palmer: the Matthew McConaughey of QBs. Adds nothing to the equation, but they keep throwing money at him anyway.

  26. silvernblacksabbath says: Jun 28, 2017 9:09 AM

    Palmer lost confidence in that GB playoff game in 2016… You could see it.

  27. silvernblacksabbath says: Jun 28, 2017 9:18 AM

    2017 is Brady’s last year.. That’s why Jimmy G. is still a Patriot!

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