Carson Palmer is returning to the Arizona Cardinals for at least one more season. Following Larry Fitzgerald’s decision to comeback next season, the veteran quarterback has also committed to play in the 2017 NFL season, which means the Cardinals can again battle for a playoff spot next year.
There were worries that the Cardinals may lose their starting quarterback and the team would be forced to rebuild from scratch in their QB spot. But with the return of the veteran, Cardinals general manager Steve Keim can now focus on building a Super Bowl contender.
Carson Palmer return confirmed
Mark Dalton from the team’s website posted the Carson Palmer update on Twitter. According to a statement, Palmer took some time off to think about his decision. The 36-year-old quarterback wanted to make sure he was ready “physically and mentally” before committing to return for the Cardinals.
And there it is: Carson confirms he's coming back pic.twitter.com/UGJ4OASkRb
— Mark Dalton (@CardsMarkD) February 9, 2017
Lots of nail-biting, speculation & tea-leave reading over last couple months re: these 3 but in the end all will be back. Thank goodness. pic.twitter.com/UFjGeMWKrv
— Mark Dalton (@CardsMarkD) February 10, 2017
“My intent was to take some time after the season to get away and see where I was physically and mentally. On both fronts, I can say I’m ready to get back to work and prepare for the 2017 season,” Palmer stated about his decision to play one more season for the Cardinals.
“This is a phenomenal group with a very special opportunity in front of it. I know how rare that is and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it.”
Last week, top Cardinals wide receiver Fitzgerald said that he expected Palmer to make a return. But, there were NFL rumors that the veteran QB might never return because of recent injuries and health.
Cardinals still playoff contenders next season
Palmer liked the Cardinals roster for next season and picked up the $15.5 million salary to stay in Arizona. Head coach Bruce Arians stated last week that he was confident that Palmer would be returning.
“Return of Carson Palmer front [and] center on today’s Arizona Republic sports section,” Dalton also tweeted. This was big news in Arizona since most fans were worried about the direction of the team. Without Palmer, the Cardinals were linked to other quarterbacks in the trade and free agency market.
Palmer has made the NFL Pro Bowl team three times and is considered one of the better quarterbacks in the league. While the Cardinals will have him back, the team is expected to try to get another young quarterback to develop for the future. Palmer can also mentor that young quarterback while he is still with the team.
Photo courtesy: Greg Buch/Wikimedia