Retires after 15 seasons

Jonathan Hernandez
January 3, 2018

The answer was nearly always the same: "You just know", Palmer wrote in an open letter to fans. Palmer threw for more than 16,000 yards in his Cardinals career with 105 touchdowns and 57 interceptions.

Palmer, who turned 38 last week, played the last five seasons of his 15-year career with the Arizona Cardinals, leading them to two postseason appearances in a late-career resurgence under head coach Bruce Arians, who announced his retirement a day earlier. For 15 years I've been able to play quarterback in the National Football League, and it's been the most incredible experience in my life. Palmer began to go through with his threat, and sat out the first six games of the season before the Bengals traded him to the Oakland Raiders.

"For me that time is now. Why? There wasn't one second that I took for granted or failed to appreciate what a tremendous privilege it is". Those are details that I know fade with time.

The retirement of Palmer, though not unexpected, leaves the Cardinals without a quarterback on their roster. He spent the past five years with the Cardinals where he returned to Pro Bowl form.

The Cardinals entered this season as a playoff contender, thanks to the return of Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald and running back David Johnson, who was a revelation in 2016.

Palmer threatened to retire from the Cincinnati Bengals in 2011 after requesting a trade that wasn't immediately granted. But Johnson and Palmer's injuries as well as other key injuries on offense were crushing.

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