All that Carson Palmer retirement talk can now be put to rest.
On Thursday, the three-time Pro Bowler confirmed that he will take snaps under center for a 14th season and his fifth with the Arizona Cardinals.
Cardinals QB Carson Palmer announces he’s returning for 2017 NFL season, just as Bruce Arians said he would.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 9, 2017
“My intent was to take some time after the season to get away and see where I was physically and mentally,” Palmer said. “On both fronts, I can say I’m ready to get back to work and prepare for the 2017 season. This is a phenomenal group with a very special opportunity in front of it. I know how rare that is and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it.”
Palmer’s announcement comes on the heels of star WR Larry Fitzgerald’s stated intent to also return to the fold for the upcoming season. Time was of the essence for Palmer, who’s $15.5 million in guaranteed salary (of $24.35 million total) was due to kick in Friday.
The veteran QB had OK numbers for a mediocre Cards squad in 2016, passing for 4,233 yards, 26 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 15 games. But, he was also sacked 40 times (second most in his career) which took a heavy toll on his 37-year-old body.