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Carson Palmer | Quarterback | #3

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (37) / 12/27/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 235
College: USC
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 1 (1) / CIN
Contract: view contract details

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Carson Palmer remains undecided about his playing future beyond 2017.
"That’s a great question," Palmer said of his plans beyond this season. "And I don’t have an answer. ... I don’t want to stop. But I’ll have to wait and make that decision after the season." Palmer got off to a brutal start last year, but played much better down the stretch. If both Palmer and vertical-minded coach Bruce Arians have learned how to manage his diminished physical abilities, 2017 doesn't necessarily have to be his last year. Palmer turns 38 in December. Jun 27 - 5:03 PM

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Carson Palmer earned Pro Football Focus' No. 4 overall passing grade from Weeks 8-17 last season.

Only Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Matt Ryan graded out better in that stretch. Although Palmer's 2016 is remembered as a disappointment, he posted a 19:9 TD-to-INT ratio and 280.8-yard average with low-end fantasy QB1 production over the final nine games. Palmer is a low-floor fantasy investment this year, but there is reason to believe he offers value at his QB20/22 ADP. You can read more about the 2017 Cardinals in Evan Silva's Fantasy Team Preview at the link below.
Jun 13 - 11:51 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Carson Palmer said he has "no idea" if 2017 will be his final season.

Palmer is headed into his age-37 campaign. Riddled with injury throughout his 14-year career, he's indeed likely on his last legs. In an attempt to keep him fresh, the Cardinals are easing him into the offseason program. Palmer has eliminated throws in March and April, and will receive routine off days throughout the year. With both Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald on the brink of retirement, the Cardinals' current offensive core is about to age out.
May 16 - 2:01 PM

Carson Palmer likely won’t throw until the end of offseason workouts.

It's a way to manage Palmer's reps as he enters his age-37 season. With Blaine Gabbert and Drew Stanton backing him up, the Cardinals can't afford to lose Palmer. It won't be surprising if Palmer gets regular days off during the season.
May 13 - 2:20 PM

Carson Palmer has confirmed he will return for a 15th NFL season in 2017.

This was expected all along, but Palmer took his time, just to be sure. Palmer's play fell off dramatically in 2016 following his stellar 2015, though he did stabilize down the stretch. His return is unquestionably good news for the Cardinals, but won't preclude them from seeking their quarterback of the future in the draft. There's a good chance 2017 will be Palmer's 15th and final season.
Feb 9 - 3:10 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said he expects Carson Palmer to announce that he's coming back "real soon."

That's been the expectation since Larry Fitzgerald announced his return earlier this week. There was speculation that Palmer was moving his family out of Arizona but that report was quickly refuted by Palmer himself. The 37-year-old got off to a slow start in 2016 but came on strong late in the season. Palmer still has something left in the tank, but we'd expect the Cardinals to operate a run-heavy scheme with David Johnson as the focal point in 2017.
Feb 3 - 2:31 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, "those who know them well" believe Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald are "tied at the hip" in terms of their plans to play football in forthcoming seasons.

RapSheet agrees with beat writer Kent Somers that Fitzgerald's commitment to playing another year is a "good sign" Palmer will return, too. Palmer has been noncommittal on 2017, but he has indicated his intention and hope are to play, depending upon how his body recuperates. At age 37, Palmer should be able to give the Cardinals at least one more year of top 15-20 quarterback performance.
Feb 1 - 10:40 PM

The Arizona Republic's Kent Somers believes Larry Fitzgerald's decision to return for the 2017 season is a "good sign" Carson Palmer will continue playing.

Fitzgerald's decision probably would have been tougher if he didn't have some idea Palmer would be back. Palmer definitely sounds like he wants to play, but he's trying to get his body to respond after a trying, battered season. The Cardinals are still hoping to hear official word from Palmer by mid-February.
Feb 1 - 10:10 PM

Carson Palmer denied he has put his home up for sale and moved his family out of Arizona.

This has gotten a bit out of hand. It's our third post on the topic after one Cardinals beat writer apparently erroneously reported Tuesday night that Palmer was yanking his family out of Arizona and put his home up for sale. It's apparently a completely fabricated rumor. "No, my house in Arizona is not on the market," Palmer said in a statement. "And every year we have taken off for offseason family adventures, so there's nothing to read into there, either." All of this has gotten so much attention because Palmer is considering retirement at age 37.
Feb 1 - 11:19 AM

The Arizona Republic's Kent Somers and ESPN's Josh Weinfuss both report Carson Palmer has not put his Arizona home up for sale.

This directly contradicts a report from FOX Sports 910's Mike Jurecki, who reported Tuesday night that Palmer took his kids out of school, put the home up for sale, and moved out of the state. As Weinfuss points out, Palmer has previously left the area in the offseason. At the end of the day, who really cares? Palmer remains undecided on if he's going to keep playing in 2017.
Feb 1 - 10:30 AM

FOX Sports 910's Mike Jurecki reports Carson Palmer pulled his kids out of school, put his home up for sale, and moved his family out of Arizona.

This could be nothing just as easily as it could be something. Palmer has refused to commit to playing in 2017 and seems to be seriously considering retirement after taking the second-most sacks of his career (40) behind an injury-riddled offensive line this past season. Palmer has two years left on his deal. If Palmer hangs up his cleats, quarterback would become Arizona's 1A and 1B need.
Jan 31 - 11:41 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians ultimately expects both Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald to play in 2017.

"I think when the juices start flowing and injuries go away, they’ll both be back," Arians said. "But there’s nothing to confirm yet." Palmer has hinted he'll be back, but left the door open to hang up his cleats. 2017 would be Palmer's 15th year in the league. Palmer has been battered throughout his career, and his body is probably nearing the outer limits of what it can handle.
Jan 31 - 5:13 PM

Carson Palmer indicated that he is hopeful but not committed to playing football in 2017 in a text message to Arizona Central's Dan Bickley.

"I guess nothing is ever official until it is, but I'd like to play if my body responds the way I hope," Palmer texted Bickley. Palmer essentially confirmed an NFL Network report via the text message after Ian Rapoport reported Palmer feels "tired, worn down, and trying to see how his body responds" after "the most physically trying season of his career." The Cardinals are hoping to get an answer from Palmer by mid-February so that they can adjust their offseason approach accordingly. Palmer turned 37 in December.
Jan 29 - 11:51 PM

Based on conversations with GMs and coaches around the league, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Carson Palmer's retirement is a serious possibility.

Citing sources, RapSheet reports Palmer is "tired, worn down, and trying to see how his body responds" following "the most physically trying season of his career." One prominent GM told RapSheet that Palmer "has played his last down" based on "watching Palmer this year." RapSheet's report hints that 33-year-old Larry Fitzgerald could follow Palmer out the door if Carson indeed calls it quits. Palmer certainly showed signs of breakdown at age 37, but he remains a top-20 NFL quarterback. RapSheet suggests the Cardinals would make a run at Tony Romo or free agent Mike Glennon if Palmer hung up the cleats.
Jan 29 - 3:31 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians is hopeful Carson Palmer will return in 2017.

"The way he played down the stretch makes you believe he’s coming back, but he got beat up pretty good last year," said Arians. "So you never know." Palmer's last words to Arians before the offseason were "I'll let you know soon." Larry Fitzgerald has also been noncommittal about returning and it's possible that if one goes, the other will too. Palmer looked sluggish at times in 2016 but played well late in the year to finish with 26 touchdown passes and 4,233 passing yards.
Jan 22 - 9:52 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Carson Palmer
2Drew Stanton
3Blaine Gabbert
4Trevor Knight
RB1David Johnson
2Andre Ellington
3Kerwynn Williams
4T.J. Logan
5Elijhaa Penny
GLB1David Johnson
2Andre Ellington
3RB1David Johnson
2Andre Ellington
WR11Larry Fitzgerald
2Jaron Brown
3Brittan Golden
4Marquis Bundy
5Krishawn Hogan
WR21John Brown
2J.J. Nelson
3Chad Williams
4Jeremy Ross
5Aaron Dobson
WR31J.J. Nelson
TE1Jermaine Gresham
2Troy Niklas
3Ifeanyi Momah
4Hakeem Valles
5Ricky Seals-Jones
LT1D.J. Humphries
2Givens Price
3Jonathan McLaughlin
LG1Mike Iupati
2Cole Toner
3John Wetzel
C1A.Q. Shipley
2Tony Bergstrom
3Daniel Munyer
4Lucas Crowley
RG1Evan Boehm
2Dorian Johnson
3Kaleb Johnson
RT1Jared Veldheer
2Ulrick John
3Will Holden
K1Phil Dawson