Cardinals QB Carson Palmer on retirement: 'I just know'

Sheri Evans
January 3, 2018

The 39-year-old Bettcher served under Arians as outside linebackers coach for the Indianapolis Colts in 2012, and he took on the same role in Arizona in 2013 when Arians became the head coach in Arizona.

Palmer ends his career 12th on the all-time rankings with 294 touchdown passes.

"Over the years, I've had teammates who chose to hang it up and I would ask them how they knew it was time to walk away", Palmer wrote in an open letter posted on the Cardinals website. The answer was nearly always the same: "You just know", Palmer began.

"For me that time is now. Why?"

"What I'll never forget are the relationships - not just the fantastic teammates and coaches, but all of those countless people at the Bengals, Raiders and Cardinals who work behind the scenes to make this whole thing run". Palmer's final season was limited to seven games after he broke his arm in a loss to the Los Angeles Rams in London in October.

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Drew Stanton and Blaine Gabbert split playing time for the Cardinals for the rest of the season.

Palmer played five season for the Cardinals, making 60 regular season starts. He's 12th in career passing yards, 14th in pass attempts, 11th in completions and 12th in touchdown passes. He played 15 seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland Raiders, and Cardinals. 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.

His relationship with the Bengals ended poorly, with Palmer requesting to be traded after the 2010 season.

Palmer had two major knee injuries in his career, tearing the ACL in his left knee twice, once in 2006 and again in 2014. He set both those marks in the 2015 season, when the Cardinals went 13-3 and won the NFC West title.

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