National Football League teammates, players and fans react to Carson Palmer's retirement

Jan 03, 2018, 02:20
National Football League teammates, players and fans react to Carson Palmer's retirement

Palmer played five season for the Cardinals, making 60 regular season starts.

Former Cardinals, Raiders and Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer has announced his retirement via an open letter per Arizona's official Twitter account.

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.

"When I entered the league, I was a 23-year-old kid", Palmer wrote.

"For me, that time is now". But he never was able to regain that form, taking a step back last season and suffering a season-ending injury in the Cardinals' 33-0 loss in London this season to the Los Angeles Rams. "Quite simply, I just know".

Palmer's 2017 season - and ultimately his career - ended when he broke his left arm on October 22 in London in a game against the Los Angeles Rams.

He called his long professional career "the most incredible experience of my life". There wasn't one second that I took for granted or failed to appreciate what a tremendous privilege it is. Palmer then spent eight seasons with the Bengals before a short stint with the Raiders.

The retirement of Palmer and Arians, as well as the expected retirement of wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, leaves the Cardinals at a crossroads heading into the offseason. Veterans Drew Stanton and Blaine Gabbert, who split starting duties after Palmer was injured, are both scheduled to become free agents.

"In the end, it's not what happens on the football field that sticks with you", Palmer wrote. "His leadership. It's just a shame he had the knee (injury) and now the arm, or I think he'd have done wondrous things in his time here".

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