Carson Palmer Retires After 15 Seasons in National Football League with Bengals, Raiders, Cardinals

  • Carson Palmer Retires After 15 Seasons in National Football League with Bengals, Raiders, Cardinals

Carson Palmer Retires After 15 Seasons in National Football League with Bengals, Raiders, Cardinals

In April of 2003, the Cincinnati Bengals selected Palmer with the first overall pick of the 2003 NFL Draft.

On Tuesday, Palmer announced his retirement in an open letter to Cardinals fans. He spent the past five years with the Cardinals where he returned to Pro Bowl form.

In February, Palmer had said he would "take some time after the [2016] season to get away and see where I was physically and mentally", per Darren Urban of the team site. After the better part of two seasons in Oakland with middling success, the Raiders traded Palmer to the Cardinals, where he experienced a renaissance.

"For me, that time is now". They made it all the way to the NFC Championship game, where the Panthers showed them the door with Carolina's 49-15 win.

"What I'll never forget are the relationships - not just the fantastic 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".

Quarterback Carson Palmer, the 2002 Heisman Trophy victor and No. 1 pick in the 2003 draft, has announced his retirement after 15 seasons. His 4,274 yards passing that season made him the first player in National Football League history to throw for at least 4,000 yards for three different teams.

For his success, he received one vote for the NFL's MVP award, with one other vote going to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and the other 48 going to the award victor, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. He sat out the rest of the season after breaking his arm against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 7.

Palmer signed a one-year extension in 2016 that would have had him play through the 2018 season.