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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 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

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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

Carson Palmer completed 20-of-38 passes for 255 yards with three touchdowns and one interception Sunday in the Cardinals' Week 17 win over the Rams.

Palmer regressed in a big way this year coming off a near-MVP season in 2015. He threw for fewer touchdowns, fewer passing yards, recorded more interceptions and … well you get the idea. That’s not to say he wasn’t useful. In fact, Palmer played some of his best football down the stretch, piling up 11 touchdowns with only three interceptions over his last six games. Palmer lost his ability to throw deep but still had success feeding Larry Fitzgerald in the slot this season. It’s unclear what the future holds for Palmer, or Fitzgerald for that matter. Palmer will be a borderline QB1 in fantasy if he returns for a 15th season.
Jan 1 - 8:48 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians thinks Carson Palmer's 2016 struggles were mostly due to "injuries and things," and that he's played "extremely well" over the past month.

Palmer has regressed sharply from 2015, both statistically and on film. His YPA has plummeted from 8.70 to 7.12, with his TD:INT ratio checking in at 23:13 compared to 35:11 a year ago. His arm drive has noticeably slackened. Arians is correct that Palmer somewhat stabilized after a mid-season meltdown, but even the Cardinals' website admits the team could still draft its "quarterback of the future" this spring. Palmer turned 37 on Monday, but has given zero indication he's considering retirement.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 02:42:00 PM

Carson Palmer completed 16-of-26 passes for 284 yards and a touchdown in the Cardinals' Week 16 win over the Seahawks.

His big play occurred on an 80-yard bomb to J.J. Nelson. Palmer also hit Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson for critical gains, but this game largely belonged to Johnson, who scored three touchdowns and dominated in the receiving game. Palmer will be a lower-end DFS option in Week 17 at the Rams. Late in a lost season, the Cardinals' main focus is on getting Johnson records.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 08:45:00 PM

Carson Palmer said, "I expect to play in 2017."

GM Steve Keim said he "would be surprised" if Palmer retired earlier this week, but it is nice to hear it straight from the horse's mouth. Palmer has had an up-and-down season, but the Cardinals do not have an heir apparent in the pipeline. Finding that quarterback should be one of their top priorities this offseason.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 08:37:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Carson Palmer
2Drew Stanton
3Zac Dysert
RB1David Johnson
2Kerwynn Williams
3Elijhaa Penny
GLB1David Johnson
2Kerwynn Williams
3RB1David Johnson
2Kerwynn Williams
WR11Larry Fitzgerald
2Jaron Brown
3Andre Ellington
4Brittan Golden
5Chris Hubert
WR21J.J. Nelson
2John Brown
3Jeremy Ross
4Marquis Bundy
5Aaron Dobson
WR31John Brown
TE1Jermaine Gresham
2Troy Niklas
3Ifeanyi Momah
4Hakeem Valles
LT1D.J. Humphries
2Givens Price
LG1Mike Iupati
2Cole Toner
C1A.Q. Shipley
2Daniel Munyer
RG1Evan Boehm
2John Wetzel
3Kaleb Johnson
RT1Jared Veldheer
2Ulrick John
K1Phil Dawson