Cardinals QB Carson Palmer on retirement: 'I just know'

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"Over the years, I've had teammates who chose to hang it up and I would ask them how they knew it was time to walk away. The answer was nearly always the same: 'You just know.'" Palmer said in a letter published by the Cardinals.

"For me that time is now. Why?"

While Palmer has thrown for Hall-of-Fame-esque numbers in his career, his 15 years were marred by major injuries, disagreements with management and playing for bad teams. "There wasn't one second that I took for granted or failed to appreciate what a tremendous privilege it is".

Palmer was the No 1 overall pick at the 2003 National Football League draft and played for the Cincinnati Bengals and the Oakland Raiders before joining the Cardinals in 2013.

After two seasons with the Raiders Palmer was traded to the Cardinals in 2013 and played five seasons with the team.

Palmer led the Cardinals to a 3-4 record to start the 2017 season before breaking his left, non-throwing arm in Week 7 against the Rams and going on injured reserve days later.

Palmer finishes his career 12th All-Time in passing yards (46,247) and touchdowns (294). He also bows out with a 62.5 completion percentage and an 87.9 passer rating. Those are details that I know fade with time.

Palmer, who turned 38 last week, played the last five seasons of his 15-year career with the Arizona Cardinals, leading them to two postseason appearances in a late-career resurgence under head coach Bruce Arians, who announced his retirement a day earlier.

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