One day after his head coach stepped away from football, Carson Palmer followed suit.
The Arizona Cardinals quarterback announced his retirement on Tuesday after 15 seasons in the National Football League.
Palmer said "I just know" in reference as to why he was hanging it up at this point. The Cards are now left without a head coach and a QB. Blaine Gabbert showed some signs during a brief stint but was later benched for Drew Stanton and didn't play. The team does return David Johnson at RB.
After looking good since taking over for Stanton when he got hurt, Gabbert really struggled in Week 15. He didn't throw a TD pass but did throw an interception among fumbling three times (losing one). Urban added in another tweet that Arians still thinks Gabbert can play but Stanton gives the team the best chance to win Sunday. This could put in doubt Gabbert's future status with the Cards as reports said the team was interested in bringing him back to at least provide some stability at the position with Palmer's status unknown.
Cards GM Steve Keim emphasized Monday: That other available IR-to-return spot very well could go unused.
“You have to have someone healthy enough to return,” Keim said during an appearance on the “Doug and Wolf” show on Arizona Sports 98.7. “At this point, I don’t see any guys coming back for sure.”
But what about David Johnson? Is keeping the star running back, coming back from a bad wrist, more about saving him for 2018? Keim said no.
“He gets paid to play football,” Keim said, adding that if Johnson was healthy and was cleared by the doctors, he should return to the field. “But if there are any gray areas, I don’t know why you’d want to risk it.”
Johnson has been working on conditioning, but hasn’t returned to practice — obviously, since the clock would start in that case, the story pointed out. He's obviously a player owners have been eyeing up saving a roster spot for this season in hopes of a return during the fantasy playoffs. Keim didn't definitely close the door here, but it sure seems like Johnson returning this year is unlikely.
Those who follow the team were pretty much begging for Gabbert to get his chance over Stanton. And since Stanton went down, Gabbert has played well. Palmer's status is up in the air in terms of playing next year, so bringing back Gabbert makes some sense for the Cards to at least have some stability at the position.