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Carson Palmer | Retired QB

Date of Birth:  12/27/1979
Age:  41
Height  6'5"
Weight:   235
College:  USC
Drafted:  2003 | Round 1 | Pick 1
Depth Chart:  Starter

Carson Palmer | Retired QB


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Carson Palmer | Retired QB

Carson Palmer has retired from the NFL.

Palmer has written a very nice open letter that can be read in the link below, announcing his retirement after 15 years in the NFL. The former USC Trojan won the 2002 Heisman Trophy and was the first overall pick by the Bengals in the 2003 NFL Draft. He played eight seasons with the Bengals, two with the Raiders, and five with the Cardinals, throwing for 46,247 yards and 294 touchdowns with 187 interceptions and a 62.% completion percentage. Palmer led the league in passing touchdowns in 2005, his second second in the NFL; and he probably had his best season in 2015, when he was a second-team All-Pro selection and finished in the top three of the MVP voting before leading his team to the NFC Championship Game. Most will remember Palmer's devastating knee injury suffered in the playoffs in 2006 against the Steelers that was thought to be a potential career-ender; and most will also remember that his deep ball was always among the best in football. It's not surprising that just a day after Bruce Arians has called it a career, his quarterback over the last five years is doing the same. The great Larry Fitzgerald might be next, but he'll probably take more time to think things over—either way, the Cardinals look like they're going to have some rebuilding to do this offseason. We wish Palmer the best of luck in his post-NFL life.

Carson Palmer | Retired QB

Carson Palmer is not expected back this season.

The Cardinals are 4-6, and rushing back Palmer probably won't make a difference with the NFC playoffs looking like a tough crack right now. If the Cardinals make an amazing run to playoff position late in the season, then maybe Palmer would come back—but expect his season to be over. After the season, the focus will turn to whether he comes back for at least another season. Larry Fitzgerald is already coming back after he signed a one-year extension through 2018, so that might indicate that he knows his quarterback will be coming back too.

Carson Palmer | Retired QB

The Cardinals placed Carson Palmer (broken arm) on Injured Reserve.

There was some hope Palmer would heal quicker than eight weeks and be ready to play, but now he'll officially be out for at least eight weeks with the chance to come back at the very end of the season as a designated to return player. It'll be up to Palmer's teammates to step up and keep the team in playoff contention while he's out. But chances are, Palmer won't be playing again in 2017. He can be dropped from fantasy teams, but hopefully this isn't the last we've seen of him in the NFL, as it'd be a shame to have to go out like this.

Carson Palmer | Retired QB

Carson Palmer has a broken arm, Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said.

It's to his non-throwing arm at least, but this is still obviously awful news for both Palmer and the entire Cardinals team. Arians says Palmer will have surgery on his arm and will likely miss eight weeks, so he might be a candidate for Injured Reserve as a disengaged to return player. Veteran Drew Stanton will now fill in for Palmer, and the team will have to rally around him if they're going to compete in the NFC West. The only good news is that the Cardinals do have a bye next week, so Stanton will have some time to prepare. If the Cardinals are totally out of playoff contention, it's not out of the question that Palmer, who has discussed retirement, has played his last snap in the NFL—but he probably would not want to go out like this.

Carson Palmer | Retired QB

Carson Palmer (left arm) has been ruled out for the rest of Week 7.

Palmer might be dealing with a broken arm of some type, which would obviously be a terrible blow to the Cardinals. The veteran signal-caller was 10/18 for 122 yards and an interception before leaving. Hopefully Palmer ends up being OK very soon.

Carson Palmer | Retired QB

Carson Palmer leaves game with left arm injury.

On an interception in the second quarter against the Rams, Palmer took a big hit and had his left non-throwing arm scrunched by a defender. He was getting it checked out on the sideline, but he's now headed to the locker room. The Cardinals are currently down 13-0, and we'll update you on his status when more information becomes available. Drew Stanton is in the game now.

Carson Palmer | Retired QB

A day for the old guys: Carson Palmer throws for three scores in 38-33 win.

Palmer was 18/22 for 283 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. It could have been an even bigger day if not for Arizona being up 24-0 at halftime and 31-0 in the third quarter, but fantasy owners should be happy with the multi-touchdown effort. Palmer should have a much easier time with Adrian Peterson now behind him in the backfield, and he should be a QB1 option again in Week 7 against the Rams.

Carson Palmer | Retired QB

Carson Palmer was 28/44 for 291 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's blowout loss to the Eagles.

Palmer had little help in Philadelphia, as the offensive line couldn't hold up against an elite pass rush, and when he could get throws off, they were often in a messy pocket. His lone touchdown came on a nice throw to John Brown from 13 yards out. Things will be much easier in Week 6 when the Cardinals host the Bucs, and Palmer is worth looking at as a QB1 option.

Carson Palmer | Retired QB

Carson Palmer has third-straight 300-yard in overtime win.

Palmer was 33/51 for 357 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. The touchdown was a game-winner to Larry Fitzgerald, which should surprise no one. Palmer is on pace for 5,128 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 20 interceptions through four games, but while the yards should go down, the touchdowns will hopefully go up. He has a great matchup with Philadelphia in Week 5, but there's concern about the line holding up, especially on the road. Still, Palmer is a top-end streamer and a likely QB1 option with bye weeks starting up.

Carson Palmer | Retired QB

Carson Palmer plays well, but Cardinals fall to 1-2.

The Cowboys pressured Palmer all night and sacked him six times, but he dealt with the pressure and played well considering his lack of support in the running game. The veteran signal-caller was 29/48 for 235 yards and two touchdowns. While he was sacked and hit a lot, Palmer did a good job of navigating the pocket (as usual) and hitting his receivers. The first touchdown was a 25-yard strike to Jaron Brown in the end zone, and the second touchdown was on a perfect throw to the corner of the end zone to Larry Fitzgerald. Because he's just off sometimes, Palmer might be a little hard to trust in fantasy lineups, but he faces the 0-3 49ers in Week 4.

Carson Palmer | Retired QB

Carson Palmer leads comeback in Cardinals' Week 2 win.

In a game that Arizona was expected to potentially runaway with, the Cardinals struggled to get anything going offensively, scoring only three points in the first three quarters. Palmer helped lead the team back in the fourth, scoring ten points before the game headed to overtime and a Tyrann Mathieu interception basically sealed it. For the game, Palmer was 19/36 for 332 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. The TD came on a deep ball to J.J. Nelson, while the interception came on a deep ball down the sideline in the second quarter that was picked off by rangy rookie safety Malik Hooker. The Cardinals offense needs to pick it up heading into a Monday Night Football matchup against the Cowboys in Week 3.

Carson Palmer | Retired QB

Carson Palmer tosses three interceptions in Week 1 loss to the Lions.

Palmer was 27/48 for 269 yards, one touchdown, and the three picks. It was a worrisome performance, and one that made you wonder whether he would get benched during the game. It was only one week, so hopefully Palmer can take advantage of his easy schedule. He gets the Colts next in perhaps the best spot possible to enjoy a bounce back.

Carson Palmer | Retired QB

Carson Palmer throws touchdown in Cardinals' third preseason game.

Palmer looked good in the exhibition against Atlanta, going 8/13 for 86 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown was a perfect deep ball to John Brown for 28 yards. The 37-year-old quarterback has looked very good this preseason, and he'll look to continue it into the regular season. Palmer and the Cardinals open the season on September 10 in Detroit against the Lions.

Carson Palmer | Retired QB

Carson Palmer throws TD in second straight preseason game.

Palmer was 9/14 for 67 yards and a touchdown in the Week 2 preseason matchup against the Bears. The veteran quarterback is throwing the ball well and making good decision so far this preseason and looks like a solid bounce back candidate after he struggled for much of last season.

Carson Palmer | Retired QB

Carson Palmer leads TD drive in Week 1 preseason drive.

Palmer, who didn't play in the Hall of Fame Game, played a series for the Cardinals against the Raiders and drove right down the field for a touchdown. Palmer was 4/8 for 39 yards and threw a strike to Brittan Golden for a 26-yard touchdown. Palmer did overthrow a deep ball for a potential touchdown earlier in the series, but his deep ball shouldn't be much of a concern as it's one of the strongest elements of his game. Look for Palmer to get some time again next Saturday against the Bears.

Carson Palmer | Retired QB

Carson Palmer will not play in the Hall of Fame Game.

Head coach Bruce Arians announced that his quarterback and receiver Larry Fitzgerald won't be playing in the game, but that they'll get their reps in the other preseason games. Arizona has been attempting to keep Carson Palmer fresh by limiting his workload, and it's apparently working—running back David Johnson had to get stitches in his pinkie because Palmer is throwing the ball so hard. As long as he stays on point mentally and with his accuracy, the rest might do good for the 37-year-old. While Palmer and Fitzgerald won't play at all, the rest of the starters aren't likely to play much in the Hall of Fame Game on August 3 either.

Carson Palmer | Retired QB

Carson Palmer isn't sure if this will be his last season.

Kyle Odegard of azcardinals.com reports that Palmer said, "I don't have an answer," regarding if this will be his final season. The thinking has been that when Palmer announced he was coming back it'd be for one more season, but Palmer doesn't seem so sure of that. He says he planned only a 10- or 12-year career, which he's obviously past now, and that he tells his wife every year that it'll be his last year. Palmer, who also said "you just never know when your last year is going to be," could be back next season too, if things go well for the team this year.

Carson Palmer | Retired QB

Carson Palmer will work on "drastic" changes to his footwork.

When the Cardinals break minicamp, Palmer plans to continue to work hard and make some changes to his game. He says the biggest change will be to his footwork, but he'll also work on building arm strength and going through mental parts about the offense. Palmer wants to make sure his footwork change becomes consistent so he doesn't have to think about it mid-drop. After taking a step back last season from his awesome 2015 season, Palmer—and the Cardinals—are looking to bounce back this season. Palmer working hard to improve at this age is great to see, and he definitely has a chance to be a real fantasy bargain this summer, as he's not currently ranked as a top-15 fantasy quarterback and can put up QB1 numbers.

Carson Palmer | Retired QB

Bruce Arians says Carson Palmer looks "fantastic" after waiting until the end of OTAs to throw.

The Cardinals head coach said of his 37-year-old quarterback, "It's like he's 20." Palmer and the Cardinals are coming off a dissapointing 2016 season, but the veteran passer still threw for over 4,200 yards and 26 touchdowns with no big-time threats on the perimeter because of all the issues John Brown and Michael Floyd had. Arizona is expected to give Palmer plenty of rest through training camp and into the regular season, which should keep him fresh on Sundays. Just two years ago, Arians helped his quarterback turn into a legitimate MVP candidate with 4,671 yards and a 35:11 touchdown-interception ratio, and it wouldn't be surprising at all if he approached those numbers and again was a solid QB1 in 2017. Palmer will be one of the better late-round fantasy quarterback options this summer, especially with a very friendly schedule early in the season.

Carson Palmer | Retired QB

Carson Palmer doesn't know if this is his last season.

Kyle Odegard reports that Palmer said he has "no idea" if he will retire after the season. Most people thought Palmer was coming back for just one more season, but he would certainly entertain coming back if he and the team have a good season. The Cardinals are limited Palmer's throws this season, hoping to keep him fresher for the season, so we'll see how that works out. Palmer has some weapons and could be a backend QB1 this year.

Carson Palmer | Retired QB

When he was asked about losing sleep over not having a future quarterback, Cardinals GM Steve Keim said "Well, I'd like to keep my job for a while. I do have four small kids."

Carson Palmer will be back this season, but the Cardinals need a young franchise quarterback for when Palmer retires (perhaps after next season). Arizona picks at 13 overall in this upcoming draft, and they could certainly draft someone they like at that spot. They could also target someone like Davis Webb in the second round. Palmer is almost definite to start the season opener for the Cardinals this season.

Carson Palmer | Retired QB

Carson Palmer announces that he will return in 2017.

Palmer released a statement that reads in part: "I can say I'm ready to get back to work and prepare for the 2017 season." Palmer will be back as the starter, but the Cardinals will likely be looking for their quarterback of the future this offseason. Arizona is a team that could take a jump forward this season after they took a step back from 2015-2016. Palmer has some decent upside at the very end of 2017 fantasy drafts.

Carson Palmer throws three touchdowns; Cardinals blowout Rams.

Palmer was 20/38 for 255 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception against LA. This wasn't the season the Cardinals anticipated at 7-8-1, but the good news is Carson Palmer improved towards the end of the season. He finishes with 4,233 yards, 26 touchdowns, 14 interceptions, and a 61.0% completion percentage. His deep ball not lacking, Palmer will likely return with the Cardinals in 2017, but expect the Cardinals to try to add another quarterback to their roster—maybe through the draft.

Carson Palmer | Retired QB

Carson Palmer puts up another good week; Cardinals upset Seahawks.

Palmer was 16/26 for 284 yards and a touchdown against Seattle. He averaged 10.9 yards per attempt in the game, much more in line with his great 2015 season. The Cardinals won't make the playoffs, but they must have loved knocking Seattle down from the #2 spot in the NFC with their win in Seattle. Palmer isn't a bad fantasy option to conclude the year against the Rams, considering he's been playing good the past couple of weeks.

Carson Palmer | Retired QB

Carson Palmer was 28/40 for 318 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 48-41 loss to New Orleans.

Palmer was great on Sunday, but not good enough to keep the Cardinals from falling to 5-8-1 and locking up a losing season one year after making the NFC Championship. Arizona is now officially eliminated from the playoffs. The veteran can obviously stay out of lineups next week in Seattle. It will be interesting to see what happens with the Cards this offseason.

Carson Palmer | Retired QB

Carson Palmer struggles; Cardinals drop to 5-7-1.

Palmer was 18/33 for only 145 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He averaged only 4.4 YPA in the game, a far cary from where the Cardinals offense was last season. Arizona just doesn't have it this year, and very likely won't be in the playoffs. Palmer faces a New Orleans defense that has been playing well recently, and is not a good fantasy option in Week 15.

Carson Palmer | Retired QB

Carson Palmer was 30/46 for 300 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's 31-23 win over the Redskins.

It was Palmer's best game of the year, as he mostly let David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald do their thing. The veteran quarterback gets a good matchup with Miami in Week 14, but he's disappointed a lot this season. Still, he's probably a back-end QB1 for the first round of the fantasy playoffs.

Carson Palmer | Retired QB

Carson Palmer was 25/45 for 289 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in Sunday's 38-19 loss to the Falcons.

Arizona could not hold up their end of the shootout, as they could not get anything going offensively--even against one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL (missing their top cornerback, too). Palmer is not the player he was a year ago in the regular season, and is certainly not the fantasy player he was last season. You can leave him on the waiver wire. The Cardinals are now 4-6-1 and look like a long-shot to make the playoffs.

Carson Palmer | Retired QB

Carson Palmer gets beat up by Vikings in Cardinals loss.

Palmer was 20/38 for 198 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions, and was sacked four times by Minnesota. The Cardinals wide receivers didn’t play particularly well in the game, which did not help. Palmer also threw an 100-yard pick six to Xavier Rhodes on a play that the Cardinals argued John Brown was being held on. Palmer isn’t a QB1 this season. Keep him out of your lineup against the Falcons.

Carson Palmer | Retired QB

Carson Palmer throws two INTs; Cardinals still get win over Niners.

Palmer was 30/49 for 376 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. The interception was a bad one in the fourth quarter, but Arizona luckily survived it. Palmer has been a huge disappointment this season. He's worth keeping on your roster if you need a QB, but don't play him this week against the Vikings.

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