Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer announces retirement

Posted January 03, 2018

"For me that time is now. Why?"

Palmer finishes his career 12th All-Time in passing yards (46,247) and touchdowns (294). Those are details that I know fade with time.

Palmer missed the second half of the season because of a broken arm after taking a hit against the Los Angeles Rams in London.

The Arizona Cardinals released a statement Tuesday from quarterback Carson Palmer announcing his retirement.

When I entered the league, I was a 23-year old kid. Blaine Gabbert (five games) and Drew Stanton (four) started at quarterback for the rest of the season. To wrap up his career, Palmer landed in the Arizona desert in April of 2013 and spurred one of the most successful runs in the history of the Cardinals in that state, accumulating a 38-21-1 record as a starter. He's 12th in career passing yards, 14th in pass attempts, 11th in completions and 12th in touchdown passes. 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.

The Bengals selected Palmer first overall in the 2003 NFL Draft after he'd won the Heisman Trophy at USC.

Palmer threatened to retire from the Cincinnati Bengals in 2011 after requesting a trade that wasn't immediately granted. Palmer then spent eight seasons with the Bengals before a short stint with the Raiders. But Johnson and Palmer's injuries as well as other key injuries on offense were crushing. He played in all 16 games seven times and 15 games twice.