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Cardinals' Carson Palmer announces retirement in open letter to fans

03 January, 2018, 01:35 | Author: Carla Brady
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The answer was nearly always the same: "You just know", Palmer began. In 182 regular-season games played, Palmer averaged 254.1 yards per contest, completed 62.5 percent of his passes and accrued 294 touchdowns versus 187 interceptions for an 87.9 quarterback rating.

The Arizona Cardinals are reportedly open to promoting from within to replace outgoing head coach Bruce Arians.

"What I'll never forget are the relationships - not just the wonderful 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 missed the second half of the season because of a broken arm after taking a hit against the Los Angeles Rams in London. In 2015, he started all 16 games and Arizona was 13-3, advancing to the NFC Championship game, where it lost to the Panthers.




"My family and I are beyond grateful for everything this game has give un as well as the love and support we've felt from fans everywhere we've been", Palmer's retirement letter says. "Those are details that I know fade with time", he wrote. The 38-year-old quarterback was the top overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft following an illustrious career at USC, winning a Heisman Trophy. They have sacrificed so much to let me pursue my football goals.

The retirement of Palmer, though not unexpected, leaves the Cardinals without a quarterback on their roster.

Drew Stanton and Blaine Gabbert split playing time for the Cardinals for the rest of the season. Veteran wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has yet to announce his decision for next season, but the end of his career could be just around the corner as well.

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