Carson Palmer retires from NFL

Dean Simpson
January 3, 2018

After 42 years in the coaching profession Bruce Arians decided it was time, officially retiring Monday morning in a tearful, heartfelt press conference at the Arizona Cardinals' Tempe headquarters.

"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. Quite simply, I just know".


For his National Football League career, Palmer started 181 games, threw for 46,247 yards, 294 touchdowns, 187 interceptions and had an 87.9 passer rating. After waiting one year to get his first shot with the Bengals in 2004, the previous year's No. 1 overall pick spent seven years with the organization as the starting quarterback. "I will miss the game".

Fox coached the Broncos to a 46-18 record, four consecutive division titles and a Super Bowl appearance, but that level of success did not travel with him to the Windy City.

Palmer's career was defined by a slew of injuries, including shoulder problems and multiple torn ACLs.


Bruce Arians has retired from coaching.

The Cardinals' next coach will have an interesting roster to take over, with some strong skill position players (the very welcome return of David Johnson will be a big boost) but major questions at quarterback. Arizona could look to sign a quarterback in free agency or explore their options in the draft. He threw 35 touchdowns to just 11 interceptions, amassed 4,671 yards at a ridiculous 8.7 yards per attempt, and had every right to be named MVP.

Davidson, 50, joined the Broncos after the team ranked 23rd with 40 sacks allowed in 2016 and 19th with 39 sacks allowed in 2015. He says something else stands out about his 15 years in the NFL.


"Now it's time for something else, and I'm excited to find out exactly what that will be. What I will never forget are the relationships".

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