Carson Palmer announces his retirement

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Carson Palmer is calling it a career.

“Over the years I’ve had teammates who decided to hang it up and I would ask them how they knew when it was time to walk away. The answer was almost always the same: You just know,” Palmer wrote in an open letter to fans. “For me, that time is now. Why? Quite simply I just know.”

The 38-year-old Palmer is coming off a season that was cut short by an injury, and it’s no surprise that he thinks it’s time to move on. A three-time Pro Bowler, Palmer was a Heisman Trophy winner at USC and the first overall pick in the 2003 NFL draft.

Palmer spent his first eight seasons with the Bengals before being traded to the Raiders, playing in Oakland for two years and then finishing his career with five years in Arizona.

The Cardinals, who have seen coach Bruce Arians walk away, now have to decide who their starting quarterback will be in 2018 as well.

81 responses to “Carson Palmer announces his retirement

  1. Palmer read the writing on the wall. He knows a new coach will not have his back like Arians did and he’ll be a backup or cut under a new regime. Good for Carson for leaving on his own terms and not being delusional like so many athletes at the end of their careers.

  2. Thanks for the memories, Carson! Our best QB since Kurt Warner, and I’ll never forget the many times you led us back in the 4th Quarter! Our fickle fans make me SICK; don’t they forget Max Hall, Derek Anderson, John Skelton, Ryan Lindley, et al? It was even hard to watch Drew Stanton and Blaine Gabbert. I really hope those fans get what they wish for. We may not be able to replace Carson, since we have a poor track record of drafting QB’s; Jake Plummer was the last one, and yet, he was a hometown prospect (ASU, Sun Devil Stadium). Palmer is underrated; top half QB in the league who would be an upgrade on many teams today (Jaguars, Dolphins, Ravens, Bills, Jets, Bears, Buccaneers, Browns, Broncos, Titans, 49ers, Bengals).

  3. “The Cardinals, who have seen coach Bruce Arians walk away, now have to decide who their starting quarterback will be in 2018 as well”

    Colin Kaepernick is still available, last I heard.

  4. orangepoison43 says:
    January 2, 2018 at 5:10 pm
    Mediocre at best.
    Most USC Quarterbacks aren’t very good QB’s in the pros.
    Same could be said for 99.99 percent of any one college.

  5. So far, nobody has posted HOF (phew).

    Another possible landing spot for Cousins. Maybe Jay Gruden should keep his evaluations to himself. Trolling your own quarterback is minor league.

  6. This can’t come as a surprise to anyone. Palmer had a pretty good run but the thought of rehabbing only to put his body at further risk without much hope of a ring probably made his decision a bit easier.

  7. Wish Palmer all the best. That’s tough for Larry though — wish he could come home and finish up his career.

  8. When the Bengals announced Marvin Lewis was coming back in 2011, Carson Palmer announced he would retire rather than play for the Bengals again.
    Hilarious that the Palmer retires on the day the Bengals re-up with Marvin.

  9. I didn’t mind watching Palmer at all. Hopefully things go well for him in retirement. He sure had some great shootouts in the desert.

    Cardinals going to face some big changes coming up.

  10. Not surprising but disappointing if you’re a Cardinals fan. After Kurt Warner retired, the Cardinals tried Derek Anderson, John Skelton, Max Hall, and others at quarterback and the result was not pretty. Palmer had his ups and downs but he made the Cardinals competitive again and even great at times. In my opinion, he was more responsible than anyone else for the success Arizona has had in the last five years. Unfortunately, injuries kept him and his teams (Cincinnati as well as Arizona) from reaching their full potential. Palmer always demonstrated toughness and professionalism.

  11. stinkymcmulligan says:
    January 2, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    Least he didn’t pan out like Ryan Leaf

    I think you meant flame out.

  12. I used to love his standard (almost canned) post-game comments after the Steelers thumped the Palmer-led Bungles time-after-time:

    Palmer: “We were the better team today.”

  13. I bet you they would not even give Colin Kaepernick a tryout. I think Carson Palmer helped out the Cardinals by walking away, saving them cap space so they can turn the club around.

  14. briang123 says:
    January 2, 2018 at 5:41 pm
    Arizona votes heavily Republican. They haven’t signed the best QB available, Kaepernick. Not hard to figure out why.
    Yeah, and Florida is surrounded on 3 sides by water, making Floridians by far the best swimmers in the United States.

    Do you now see how ignorant your comment is?

  15. The end of an era. We’ll never again get to watch his signature move, The Carson Palmer Pick-Six. He would get the team moving down the field, raising everyone’s hopes, and then throw to the sideline, into heavy coverage. The ensuing interception and run back for a TD was a trademark move. The CPP6 would then with him walking to the sideline, looking completely dumbfounded.

  16. Sometime in the summer, we will see the headline that the New England Patriots have acquired Larry Fitzgerald for a second round draft pick.

  17. Most overrated of the century? I don’t think so, compare his teams with Romo, Stafford has had better, Phillip Rivers has had more talent around him as well.

  18. mandings36 says:
    January 2, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    Thumbs up if you think they should go after an experienced QB like Alex Smith, thumbs down if you think they should draft a QB


  19. Always liked Palmer, but killed me to see that NFC Championship game a couple years ago. Good player and fine man.

    Steelers fan here.

  20. That year the Steelers cheap shotted him in the playoffs, that was his chance. I think they had a shot to go pretty far. Too bad that happened.

  21. Man, if we don’t get Kirk Cousins or a legit rookie, we are straight up in trouble with Goff, Garrapolo, and Wilson in the division.

    Adios Carson. Thanks for the good years. You provided stability we haven’t had since Kurt.

  22. Thanks Carson. Wise choice. You were as gutty as they come. No more beatings. Relax and enjoy the rest of your life. You were a solid qb. Thanks again for all you did.

  23. Carson was a rare talent at QB. If he had the good fortune to play with Patriots or Steeler type of team he would be a sure fire HOFer. I enjoyed watching him play, great arm, great leadership, great team mate

  24. The Cardinals have always been one of those teams which can’t draft, nor develop their own QB. They lucked out, and nabbed Warner on his way out of the league, then more horrible place fillers until they nabbed Palmer on his way out. I would hate to be a fan of the team now. No coach, and no QB. Back to the revolving door days for y’all.

  25. It is about time he packed it up and left. He didn’t look very good when he played the last couple of years. Hopefully he lived under his means while playing so he has money to live off of during retirement.f

    His retirement doesn’t move me. Never been a desert dumb bird fan.

  26. He carved out a pretty good career. It would have been interesting to see Carson and Ben battle for a decade and a half, they’re both gritty pocket quarterbacks with cannons.

    But, all these years later, obviously he made the right decision to leave the Bengals. I put him in the Hall of Very Good.

  27. What’s with all the haters? Carson Palmer was a very good QB, respected as a person, never caused trouble. I wonder how many of the bashers on here NEVER played a down of organized football in their lives? That’s usually the case!

  28. Palmer was a tough competitor. He took a beating at times but always answered the bell when he could.
    Every time Arians comes to the stadium to admire his “2015 NFC Finalist” banner he can thank Palmer for his role.
    Can’t believe Arians only was able to win one playoff game in all his time there.
    Palmer powered thru some tough situations, enjoy retirement Carson!

  29. Question Clueless Football Trolls: If Cancer Kap is sooo good, why hasn’t Cleveland, Denver, Indy, Giants, Houston, and Philly (after Wentz went down) or any other team interested in winning have not rushed to sign him?

    I know, you don’t have a real answer, so you make fairy tale ones.

  30. The end of an era. We’ll never again get to watch his signature move, The Carson Palmer Pick-Six. He would get the team moving down the field, raising everyone’s hopes, and then throw to the sideline, into heavy coverage. The ensuing interception and run back for a TD was a trademark move. The CPP6 would then with him walking to the sideline, looking completely dumbfounded.

    Signature move? Though Palmer threw his share of pick sixes (roughly 1.5 a season over his career), he’s not the leader in that category. That honor belongs to Brett Favre. Dan Marino, Peyton Manning, and Drew Brees also threw or have thrown more pick sixes. Palmer has roughly the same number of pick sixes as his contemporaries, Phillip Rivers and Eli Manning. So as far as pick sixes go, Palmer is in pretty good company. What all of these guys have in common is that they played in the NFL at a high level for many years and threw thousands of passes, so it should not be surprising that they also threw some that were intercepted and run back for touchdowns.

  31. tb12x4 says:
    January 2, 2018 at 5:40 pm
    remember when this putz compared himself to brady……such a heretic carsoon plummer was

    Give him a break, he was upset that some people still think they named the Carson Palmer Rule the Brady Rule.

  32. As a Steeler fan living in Bengalville, I have always admired Palmer. If you honestly view the injury play, it is obvious it was not “dirty”. It was just an execution of the only option the player had trying to tackle CP. Later outlawing that type of tackle has nothing to do with whether any violation occurred then. That Palmer could eventually recover to his former level is a magnificent accomplishment. And, in spite of some negative comments, that is precisely what he did.

  33. Overrated QB who was arrogant & still resentful of an injury that was not intentional. Won’t be missed but will probably have to see his mug on TV in some analyst job.

  34. Carson threw a pretty ball. Too bad he played on some bad teams and the he had injuries.
    Especially what Kimo von Oelhoffen did, that was on purpose.Cheap shot.

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