No Retirement: Carson Palmer Favored to Return to Cardinals

Despite reports that Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer may call it a career, he's favored to return to the team next season.


Recently, Phoenix radio host Jody Oehler Tweeted, "Carson Palmer has listed his home for sale, pulled kids out of school, and moved out of state."


At 37 years old, Palmer, the Arizona Cardinals starting quarterback, will enter his 15th season in the NFL in September. But will there actually be a 15th season? Or will the former Heisman Trophy winner hang up his cleats?

Palmer denied reports that his house is for sale and that he took his kids out of school, but according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, the Cardinals want Palmer's final decision by the middle of February in order to shore up free agency plans.

So far, Palmer has not made a final decision.


On February 1, ESPN's Jim Trotter Tweeted, "Just spoke to Larry Fitzgerald, who said [Fitzgerald is] definitely returning in 2017 to play the final year on his contract."

That news bodes well for Palmer shunning retirement, at least in theory.

Rapoport said, "Those who know them well say Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald are tied at the hip. With Fitz returning, good sign for Carson Palmer too."

Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians told radio host Colin Cowherd last week, "I'm pretty sure he'll come back."

All signs point to Palmer suiting up for the 2017-2018 season for Arizona. At, he's a -380 favorite to return, which means you'd need to bet $380 just to win $100.

Palmer is a +275 underdog to retire or be on another roster, which means you'd win $275 by betting $100.

If Palmer chooses to retire, Dallas Cowboys backup quarterback Tony Romo could be an option. Romo sat behind Rookie of the Year Dak Prescott this season and is reportedly headed out of Dallas. He has played in just five games over the last two seasons, but had 34 TDs in 2014.

Palmer threw for 26 TDs against 14 INTs last season. He has 285 career touchdowns, good for 14th all-time.

From BookMaker: Will Carson Palmer be on the Arizona Cardinals roster Week 1 of the 2017-18 season?

  • Yes: -380
  • No: +275