Cardinals' Carson Palmer announces retirement in open letter to fans

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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 when it was time to walk away. Quite simply, I just know". After waiting one year to get his first shot with the Bengals in 2004, the previous year's No. 1 overall pick spent seven years with the organization as the starting quarterback.

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer announced his retirement on Tuesday via an open letter released by the team via social media.

Carson Palmer's NFL career is over after 15 years in the league with three teams. In 182 regular-season games played, Palmer averaged 254.1 yards per contest, completed 62.5 percent of his passes and accrued 294 touchdowns versus 187 interceptions for an 87.9 quarterback rating.

Carson Palmer's 2017 season was cut short due to a broken arm
Carson Palmer's 2017 season was cut short due to a broken arm

With Palmer opting to retire, and Bruce Arians retiring as head coach, the Cardinals could be ready to usher in a new era.

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.

The 39-year-old Bettcher started in the National Football League with the Colts in 2012 as the outside linebackers coach. Palmer finished the 2011 season in Oakland and played there in 2012 before the Raiders traded him to the Cardinals in April 2013. Veteran wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has yet to announce his decision for next season, but the end of his career could be just around the corner as well.

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