NFL News: Carson Palmer Rejoining Cardinals For 2017 Season

By Nikko Villanueva, Posted: 02/10/17 01:19AM EST

Following a tough 2016 season, there was the possibility that Carson Palmer would no longer be part of the Arizona Cardinals because of the various injuries he had to deal with. However, on Thursday, the franchise quarterback announced that he is returning for the 2017 season. 

In a statement on the Cardinals' website, Palmer explained that after the 2016 season, he wanted to assess his physical and mental state in the off season. Then he added, "On both fronts, I can say I'm ready to get back to work and prepare for the 2017 season. 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."

Palmer's announcement came just over a week after wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald also made the decision to continue playing for Arizona. The two are key players for the Cardinals, unfortunately, last season, their efforts came up short as the team failed to reach the playoffs. 

The unsuccessful attempt was a painful one. especially for Palmer who again had a terrific statistical season. The 37-year-old veteran completed 364 passes for 4,233 yards and 26 touchdowns, also throwing 14 interceptions. ESPN noted that this is the fourth time in the last five seasons that he threw for more than 4,000 yards. 

As reported, Palmer took time away from football after the 2016 season concluded because he wanted to focus on himself. This is understandable considering the fact that he suffered a concussion, and also had problems with his hamstring. Despite the injuries, he still started 15 games for the Cardinals. The upcoming season will be his fifth year with the Cardinals. In 2013 he joined the organization after being traded from the Oakland Raiders for a couple of draft picks. 

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