AZCardinals He arrived in a trade for virtually nothing, an aging quarterback who the Cardinals hoped could help new coach Bruce Arians jump-start an offense that had floundered since Kurt Warner’s retirement. Carson Palmer provided much more than that. Palmer’s time as a Cardinal and in the NFL is over. The NFL’s No. 1 overall pick in the 2003 draft, who turned 38 last week, announced his retirement Tuesday via a letter, closing out a 15-season career – the last five of which were spent with the Cardinals. “Over the years, I’ve had teammates who decided to hang it up and I would ask them how they knew when it was time to walk away,” Palmer wrote. “The answer was almost always the same: You just know. “For me that time is now. Why? Quite simply, I just know.” Palmer’s announcement comes a day after coach Bruce Arians did the same. Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who is also contemplating retirement, is expected to take some time before deciding if he will play in 2018. Palmer will still cost about $6.6 million in dead cap space for 2018, but his departure will save $14M on the cap. The Cardinals, however, now do not have any quarterbacks under contract for 2018. Blaine Gabbert, Drew Stanton and Matt Barkleyare all scheduled to become free agents.
The Arizona Cardinals are going to look a lot different in 2018, as head coach Bruce Arians retired following the season finale, and then starting quarterback Carson Palmer announced his retirement the next day. Carson Palmer had a solid career, we here at SportSmasher.com will remember him as a better college player than pro quarterback, who failed to live up to the lofty expectations that were set when he won the 2002 Heisman Trophy and was selected first overall in the 2003 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. You know who did have an incredible career? Carson Palmer’s bank account, he made over $174 million dollars over the course of his football career on NFL contracts alone, add in his endorsements and Palmer has accumulated a small fortune.
You have to wonder if the Arizona Cardinals are kicking themselves for not trading up and drafting DeShaun Watson or Patrick Mahomes in the 2017 NFL Draft, or trading for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo who looks like he will become a star for the San Francisco 49ers, because they are now entering the offseason with no head coach and no quarterback of the future on the roster. In fact, the Cardinals have no quarterback on the roster at all, they do not have a single quarterback under contract.
You have to believe that the Cardinals are a candidate to trade up and secure their highest rated quarterback in the 2018 NFL Draft, or as a potential landing spot for Kirk Cousins or other potential free agent quarterbacks, because the Cardinals now need a new face of the franchise and a new identity going forward.