Carson Palmer says he’ll play “if my body responds”

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Carson Palmer wants to remain the Cardinals’ quarterback for at least another season, but he isn’t completely committed to it just yet.

Palmer texted Dan Bickley of that he’ll play if his 37-year-old body holds up in the offseason.

“I guess nothing is ever official until it is, but I’d like to play if my body responds the way I hope,” Palmer said.

Palmer is due a base salary of $15.5 million and a roster bonus of $2 million this season, so he’d be walking away from a lot of money if he walked away now. It seems unlikely that he’d retire, but like Ben Roethlisberger, he’s at least keeping his options open.

47 responses to “Carson Palmer says he’ll play “if my body responds”

  1. That team won’t move forward until that QB moves on.

    If they got in a younger, better QB, do you think Fitzgerald would be retiring?

  2. .
    There’s many teams that have QBs that are (politely) middle aged. They include Palmer, Brees, Roethlisberger, Aaron Rogers and Tom Brady. The big question facing their GMs is: where can I find a comparable replacement? There’s going to be a lot of demand chasing a tiny bit of supply.

    People are going to be shocked at what “ready to start on day one” Jimmy Garopollo fetches on the open market this offseason.

  3. Love and respect Palmer and it’s his right to play in 2017 and complete that contract, however it is clear that his best effort is now in the rear view mirror.

  4. Palmer has had a fine career but whether or not he is back it is well past time for AZ to have been planning for life after him. Starting QB’s are definitely having longer careers in no small part thanks to the rule named for him but betting on a 37 year old with a balky body is not a great idea. Palmer has been rode hard and put away wet considerably more often than Brees (37) or Brady (39). AZ is hardly alone when it comes to the need to accelerate contingency plans for an aging QB. Manning and Roethlisberger showed some signs of being on the slippery slope this past season as well.

  5. Carson Palmer says he’ll play “if my body responds”.

    Not really a ringing endorsement…..might be time to hang up the cleats.

  6. Good thing the crap GM in Arizona wasted a 2nd rd pick on Chandler Jones, is paying Carson Palmer all that money and now will owe Jones 15 mil per for no run D and inconsistent play.

  7. ihavepriors says:
    Jan 30, 2017 9:48 AM
    Cutler to AZ. Book it.

    If you could find someone to make the bets with one could make a pretty good living just betting against anything posted here that is followed by the words ‘book it’

  8. rmaxmaicon says:
    Jan 30, 2017 10:16 AM

    ROMO in a trade with the Cowboys where they swap 1st rounders!!
    What a great solution. Take an aging, injury prone QB and swap him out for another one while also giving up valuable draft capital.

  9. When he has a decent O-line he’s still one of the best in the league, for sure one of the toughest. Arizona had one of the most talented rosters in the league last season but wasn’t able to get it done largely because of a bad O-line, which wasn’t Palmer’s fault or within his control.
    What’s needed is a GM who knows how to draft and hire people who know how to get the job done.
    Carson and Fitz are both under contract for another year, and it comes as no surprise that they are both noncommittal about returning, which is a BIG vote of no-confidence for Arians/Keim. No point of punishing the body further if the higher ups aren’t as committed to the win, won’t get replacement players and aren’t willing to pay the guys who have kept the team moving.

  10. I get it that this year’s draft class for QBs is crap but if the Cardinals don’t get a legit replacement for Palmer in the pipeline this offseason I think they are going to suck for years.

  11. At this point, Palmer is still better than several other NFL QBs. Anyone in the AFCE except Brady and Garopolo. Better than Houston, Cleveland, Denver, Rams, J’ville, etc. I know there are more, but those were easy.

    He’s not elite, but other average QBs have been able to lead their teams to championships under the right circumstances. Eli, Flacco, Dilfer, Johnson, PEDton w/ Denver… Others got to the SB with less: Collins, Krap, Hasslebeck, Gannon, etc.

    That’s a lot of $$$ to walk away from. AZ is miles away from the playoffs.

  12. Well, he needs a sales course because saying “if my body responds” doesn’t exactly instill faith in any buyer. As for being 37, that really is where a quarterback has the mental game down. What he should have said was “I feel as good as I ever did and feel I have a few more years in me” but, guess his agent didn’t tutor him.

  13. Offer the Bears a 3rd rounder instead of waiting to see if he gets cut.
    Cutler is 3 1/2 years younger than Palmer, he is under contract and he will make $3 million less than Palmer will in 2017.
    Their completion % for their careers are almost identical.
    Their yards per catch for their careers are identical.
    Their yards per game average for their careers is very close (20 yards apart).
    Their TD and INT % for their careers are almost identical and Cutler has actually thrown fewer picks than Palmer has over the last 10 years.
    Their QB Ratings for their careers are close enough for a fair comparison.
    The number of sacks for their careers are very close (difference of 16)
    Palmer has more yards but then again he has had better WRs and Offensive Lines to work with for most of his career plus Palmer has spent the last 6 seasons playing in California or in a dome while Cutler plays in harsher conditions.
    You are basically getting a younger and cheaper version of the guy that might be walking away.

    A mid 3rd round pick for an experienced starter in the NFL is not a bad deal at all.

  14. Palmer is one of the very few Heisman trophy winners to not be a bust. He’s certainly not in the elite class (nor is Flacco), but he’s above other Heisman winners such as Manziel, Leinart, RG3, or any of the Florida schools: Torretta, Ward, Weurffel, Weinke, Tebow, etc.

  15. im sorry but i think that carson palmer stinks as an nfl qb. i think arizona would be better off if he walked away. if his body responds to what, trying to change direction quickly to chase the guy you just threw the interception to. cmon already lets please end the carson palmer is a starting qb myth for good.

  16. Sometimes I see how much middle of the roaders like Cutler or Palmer earn and it makes me wonder how teams aren’t paying Brady, Rodgers, Manning(previously) 50+ Million a year.

    Take Brady for example: At the old Sullivan stadium, they rarely sold out games. Bledsoe comes in and changes the direction of the franchise and Brady follows, elevating it to a top tier status, Kraft bought the team for like 180M in ’94 if memory serves correct and now Forbes has it listed at 3.2Billion. The Patriots are the 6th most valuable sports team in the world, 2nd in NFL to Dallas, and only behind the Yankees and the 3 powerhouse international soccer teams.

    Forget about records, stats and everything else and just recognize that people like to watch a team win. Winning brings in $$ for the owners at a much faster pace. For anyone local, take a look at what Gillette looked like in the early 2000’s compared to how it looks now. Love him or hate him, one thing Kraft knows how to do is make money…and his franchise QB had a massive role in that.

    So, to circle back to my point: If your guy isn’t getting it done after 5-6 years it’s time to find someone who will…otherwise you may become the least valuable team in the NFL: the QB-less Buffalo Bills!

  17. jm91rs says:

    Carson Palmer has walked away from a lot more money than that before

    Because he knew he would make it back.

  18. tylawspick6 says:
    Jan 30, 2017 9:48 AM

    Good thing the crap GM in Arizona wasted a 2nd rd pick on Chandler Jones, is paying Carson Palmer all that money and now will owe Jones 15 mil per for no run D and inconsistent play.


    You obviously don’t know football.

  19. Remember the start of this season when the Cards were confident of going to the Superbowl and Carson even trolled the Pats with his ignorant don’t-do-the-crime type comments on the Deflategate fraud before leading his team to a home loss against the Brady-less Pats? Fun times. So long Carson, you classless loser.

  20. jonathankrobinson424 says:

    …the Cards SHOULD have drafted a QB LAST year……
    Should have drafted Derek Carr in 2014 instead if some safety who cant play. Now they’re in complete meltdown/rebuild mode. 8-8 at best.

  21. QB Film Room says:

    He only needs 15 more TD passes to get to 300 One Final SB Run in 2017 Carson .
    Super Bowl run? Funniest thing I’ve read all morning.

  22. Fitz and Palmer will be back
    This is called ‘reading a lot from a little’
    Cards kept him upright last year and had the Special Teams not been a total disaster the Cardinals would have made the playoffs.
    FG to beat the Pats week 1 from inside 25 to win…miss
    FG to beat Seattle from 3 yards to win…miss
    the list goes on and on…but I’ll stop there.
    Special teams coach and Cat have to go

  23. This sounds like the conversation I have with my wife but he’s having it with his body:

    ME: WHat’s wrong? I can tell something is bothering you.


  24. And the “genius team” of BA and Keim have left the roster bare except for Stanton who is 85% of Palmer.

    Unless the Cards get hit by lightning a la Carson Wentz or Dak Prescott, if Palmer retires, everyone will be asking if Stanton can ride in and rescue the team as well as BA and Keim’s mojos.

  25. raidernation37 says:

    Statistically speaking, Matt Leinart was the best pac 12 qb ever. Best pro qb from the pac 12? John Elway and its not even remotely close
    Aaron Rodgers Troy Aikmen

  26. Jay Cutler and his big arm would seem to be a perfect fit for Bruce Arians’ downfield passing attack. And Cutler wouldn’t be the first person to resurrect his career in the desert. Make it happen!

  27. Within the next 5-7 years the NFL will no longer have Brady, Brees, E. Manning, Rivers, Palmer, Rothlisberger, Romo, Ryan and Rogers. Most likely 1-2 younger stars like Luck, Newton, Wilson, and Cousins won’t be in the league and we will go back to the 70’s when an 85 QB rating is among the best in the league. The days of 100+ passer rating will be much fewer and farther between.

  28. Carson Palmer has walked away from a lot more money than that before so I wouldn’t see money as a determining factor.

    Because he thought the Bengals would cave and he would get paid anyway, and it worked.

    He has no such luxury now, and he’ll stay for the money.

    Carson’s loyalty is to Carson. I hope he comes back and his fellow overrated jerkoff Veldheer’s subpar play gets his head knocked off.

  29. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Should have drafted Derek Carr in 2014 instead if some safety who cant play. Now they’re in complete meltdown/rebuild mode. 8-8 at best.
    So the Seahawks must be in total super complete meltdown mode, after they couldn’t beat the team in “complete meltdown” mode in 2016.

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