Cardinals' quarterback Carson Palmer retires after 14 National Football League seasons

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Palmer entered the league in 2003 when the Cincinnati Bengals drafted him with the No. 1 overall pick out of USC.

Cardinals quarterback Carson Plamer announced his retirement Tuesday in a letter after 15 seasons in the NFL.

Like Arians, Palmer is calling it a career after five years with the Cardinals.

"Over the years, I've had teammates who chose 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.

Over the course of his career Palmer has been on both good and bad teams, most recently on the Cardinals in 2015 when they finished the season 13-3 but lost to the Carolina Panthers in the NFC title game.


"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".

After stints in Cincinnati, Oakland, and finally Arizona the long-time signal caller has decided that 15 seasons was enough.

Quarterback Carson Palmer, the 2002 Heisman Trophy victor and No. 1 pick in the 2003 draft, has announced his retirement after 15 seasons. In a season where he lost his running back to a wrist injury, and he himself broke his arm, it is easy to see why Palmer thinks it is time.

This season, Palmer played in seven games, throwing for 1,978 yards, nine touchdowns and seven interceptions. They don't have any other quarterbacks on the roster for 2018. Drew Stanton, Blaine Gabbert and Matt Barkley all are due to become free agents.

Palmer finishes his career 12th All-Time in passing yards (46,247) and touchdowns (294).

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