Could the right coach lure Carson Palmer back to the Cardinals?

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At a time when Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald is waiting to see who the team hires as its next coach before deciding whether to retire, could retired Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer be doing something similar?

Yes, Palmer has walked away from the game. “For me, that time is now,” Palmer wrote in his retirement letter. “Why? Quite simply I just know.”

In theory, the same kind of visceral reaction that caused him to walk away could cause him to return, depending on which coach the Cardinals hire.

It’s not a report or a rumor or anything other than a guess based on the fact that he wouldn’t be the first to change his mind. Indeed, it wouldn’t be the first time Palmer changed his mind; in 2011, he retired from the Bengals before an injury to Jason Campbell resulted in a trade to the Raiders.

The real question is whether there’s a coach the Cardinals could or would hire that could or would change Palmer’s mind. If there is, and if the Cardinals are hoping for one more year with Palmer (which could be the key to one more year with Fitzgerald), the Cardinals maybe should try to find that out before making a final decision.

14 responses to “Could the right coach lure Carson Palmer back to the Cardinals?

  1. If you actually *want* Carson Palmer as your quarterback, you’re definitely NOT the right coach. Palmer has been done for several years and it’s only been his and Arians’ stubbornness keeping him in the league as a starter.

  2. A coach isn’t going to convince him.

    “ELITE” joe flacco made $21,000,000 in 2017.

    Another $20,000,000 might convince him.

  3. Palmer is finished and anyone wanting to bring him back for nostalgia reasons is loony tunes. Time to move on. I’m not sure what the fascination is with players that are past their prime just because they have name recognition.

  4. .
    People laughed at the Bears for paying a steep toll to move up one place to secure Trubiski. Meanwhile, Arizona decided to stand pat while the Texans moved up to the pick before the Cards and snagged Deshaun Watson in last year’s draft.
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  5. As a Cards fan, I would hope not. Even if Carson came back, he cannot stay healthy, and bringing him back would merely postpone the inevitable, which would not be to the Cards’ benefit. Thanks Carson, now enjoy your mountain vacation.

  6. I like and respect Palmer. If he plays next year he will not make it through the season. Time to gamble in the draft while you go through a rebuild in AZ

  7. He is washed up. The Cards should be looking to get Alex Smith and then draft the QB for the future. The right coach would know that. The wrong coach would keep bringing back a washed up QB every year and expect a different result.

  8. TheDPR says:
    January 13, 2018 at 7:39 am

    If you actually *want* Carson Palmer as your quarterback, you’re definitely NOT the right coach. Palmer has been done for several years and it’s only been his and Arians’ stubbornness keeping him in the league as a starter.

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    Several years means 3-5.

    Didn’t know 4000+ yards in multiple season was ‘done’. Which includes a 4600 yard, 35 TD season.

    Even last year he threw for 4200 and 25 in 15 games.

    In reality, in your mind he was done, and now in your mind since he retired, it somehow means you were right.

    You weren’t. You’re not.

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