Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer retires

"For me, that time is now".

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

Unfortunately for Palmer, the end of his career was far from ideal.

With Palmer and Arians moving on, the team is still awaiting word from future Hall of Fame wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald on his plans for 2018. He played just 7 games in 2017 due to a broken arm. "There wasn't one second that I took it for granted or failed to appreciate what a tremendous privilege it is".

The Cincinnati Bengals could be another, with the long-serving Marvin Lewis out of contract, but Hue Jackson is expected to remain with Cleveland despite their 0-16 season and the Denver Broncos have assured Vance Joseph his job is safe. Palmer was a three-time Pro-Bowler, going in 2005 and 2006 with the Bengals and then again in 2015 after a renaissance with the Cardinals.

"I'll especially miss the grind", Palmer wrote.

In terms of team success, Palmer fell a little short of expectations for a 1st overall pick. He won his only playoff game in four tries that season, in overtime over Green Bay.

Palmer's career was defined by a slew of injuries, including shoulder problems and multiple torn ACLs.

With the quarterback following head coach Bruce Arians into retirement, the Cardinals could be ready to usher in a new era. Veterans Drew Stanton and Blaine Gabbert, who split starting duties after Palmer was injured, are both scheduled to become free agents. He also bows out with a 62.5 completion percentage and an 87.9 passer rating.

"In the end, it's not what happens on the football field that sticks with you".

"Now it's time for something else, and I'm excited to find out exactly what that will be. What I will never forget are the relationships".