Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

02 Jan 2018

Carson Palmer Announces Retirment

The Arizona Cardinals are already looking for a new head coach, and now they'll have to find a new quarterback, as well: Carson Palmer has announced his retirement.

“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,” Palmer said in his open letter. “The answer was always the same. You just know.

Palmer essentially had two career peaks. From 2005-07, he was the young, golden future of the Cincinnati Bengals, finishing in the top 10 in both DYAR and DVOA every season before a gruesome injury in the playoffs against the Pittsburgh Steelers forced him to have reconstructive knee surgery. Palmer remained in Cincinnati for four more seasons before requesting a trade out of town, a request which Bengals owner Mike Brown denied. What ensued was a standoff, with Palmer refusing to report to the Bengals and the Bengals refusing to trade or release him until midway through the season, when the Raiders gave up a kings' ransom for him.

Palmer had little success in Oakland, but had a career renaissance as the grizzled veteran with the Arizona Cardinals. He helped end the franchises' four year playoff drought in 2014, though his second torn ACL kept him from actually appearing in the playoffs. In 2015, he led all quarterbacks in DYAR, DVOA and QBR-- not to mention traditional stats like yards per attempt -- as the Cardinals finished 13-3, with the most regular season wins in franchise history.

Palmer broke his arm in Week 7, and was placed on injured reserve. While he said in December felt "pretty good" about returning, he ultimately decided to retire at the age of 38.

The Cardinals now have zero quarterbacks under contract for 2018, so that jumps to the top of their offseason priorities.

Posted by: Bryan Knowles on 02 Jan 2018

20 comments, Last at 06 Jan 2018, 6:09pm by ssereb

Comments

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by jtr :: Tue, 01/02/2018 - 8:12pm

So that puts Arizona in the ring for the Cousins sweepstakes, I would assume. If they can't land him, they're in a tough spot in the draft. They have the 15th pick, behind QB-desperate Browns (2 picks), Broncos, and Jets, as well as the possibly QB-seeking Giants and Squirrels. The Cardinals would probably have to move up to get anything other than the dregs of the quarterback class this year.

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by James-London :: Tue, 01/02/2018 - 8:27pm

Depending on who the coach is, they're contenders for Alex Smith. I'm guessing this also makes Case Keenum, Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater very happy, as another seat just opened.

Phil Simms is a Cretin.

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by andrew :: Wed, 01/03/2018 - 8:53am

The Cards are also interviewing Pat Shurmur. If they decide to hire him, he was one of the biggest Bradford advocates on the Vikings having worked with him before, and obviously also knows Keenum well. I suspect if he goes there one of those two will end up on the Cardinals as well.

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by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Thu, 01/04/2018 - 10:40am

What is it with the Cards and their undying love of old, frail, journeyman QBs?

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by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Thu, 01/04/2018 - 10:39am

Taylor, too.

Ownership clearly still wants to dispose of him.

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by MC2 :: Tue, 01/02/2018 - 9:40pm

This is a team with an elite RB and a pretty solid defense. If they could get Cousins and maybe snag a good young WR/TE in the draft, they could be pretty formidable next year.

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by Jerry :: Wed, 01/03/2018 - 3:45am

From 2005-07, he was the young, golden future of the Cincinnati Bengals, finishing in the top 10 in both DYAR and DVOA every season before a gruesome injury in the playoffs against the Pittsburgh Steelers forced him to have reconstructive knee surgery.

That playoff game was in January 2006.

Palmer had a nice career. It will be interesting to see what happens in Arizona, especially when you add in the coaching change.

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by The Ninjalectual :: Wed, 01/03/2018 - 4:46am

They've been remarkably consistent through coordinator changes. I wonder if that means anything more than they were really good at picking coordinators

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by The Ninjalectual :: Wed, 01/03/2018 - 4:46am

They've been remarkably consistent through coordinator changes. I wonder if that means anything more than they were really good at picking coordinators

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by Bright Blue Shorts :: Wed, 01/03/2018 - 5:49am

I've always believed that that injury lost us one of the great matchups - Palmer vs Roethlisberger twice every season could have been great. He was never as good after the surgery.

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by JoeyHarringtonsPiano :: Wed, 01/03/2018 - 10:10am

Exactly this. Those 2005 Bengals were a lot of fun to watch. I wonder if the Steelers even make it out of the first round that year if weren’t for the low hit.

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by JoeyHarringtonsPiano :: Wed, 01/03/2018 - 10:11am

Palmer will always be my hero for giving Mike Brown a giant middle finger in 2011 by saying he’d rather quit football than spend one more second in his dysfunctional organization.

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by Will Allen :: Wed, 01/03/2018 - 10:43am

The competition for worst owner in the NFL is very hotly contested. Really good fodder for an article and thread in the offseason.

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by JoeyHarringtonsPiano :: Wed, 01/03/2018 - 12:04pm

It's as deep and interesting a competition as this year's NFC playoff field.

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by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Thu, 01/04/2018 - 10:46am

It's the Ohio teams on tier 1. (Malevolent incompetence)
Tier 2 is Spanos and Irsay. (Cheap morons)
Tier 3 are the Bidwells and Fords (a legacy unmarred by success)
Tier 4 is Adams, Jones, and McNair (raging assholes)

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by ChrisS :: Thu, 01/04/2018 - 2:48pm

Snyder goes into tier 3 or 4? Richardson would go into tier 4? I like your "unmarred by success" description.

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by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Thu, 01/04/2018 - 9:50pm

Snyder is a Jones and Richardson a McNair, so tier 4.

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by ssereb :: Sat, 01/06/2018 - 6:09pm

I would say Dan Snyder is a tier 1 guy who's gotten very lucky. Nothing about how he's handled that franchise, from Robert Griffin to Scot McCloughan, suggests that he's any better than Mike Brown or Jimmy Haslam.

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by LionInAZ :: Thu, 01/04/2018 - 6:25pm

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by aces4me :: Fri, 01/05/2018 - 10:30am

Comments of this quality are the very reason I read this site as much as I do.