After reportedly mulling retirement this offseason, Carson Palmer has decided to return for this 14th NFL season.
The Cardinals didn’t think for one second that Palmer, 37, would actually retire. Patrick Peterson didn’t, anyway.
“No, I didn’t,” Peterson said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “Being the competitor that Carson is, I know he didn’t want to end his career that way. We all know that he’s up in age, but to me, I feel that Carson has a lot left in the tank. All we have to do is protect him as we did in 2015, and we saw what can happen.”
In 2015, Palmer was sacked just 25 times – and threw for 35 touchdowns – as Arizona went 13-3 and advanced to the NFC Championship. In 2016, however, Palmer was sacked 40 times – and threw just 26 touchdowns – as Arizona went 7-8-1 and missed the playoffs.
“If we can keep him upright, keep him healthy throughout the season, if coach gives him the proper rest throughout the week to make sure this elbow don’t become a problem, (he’ll be fine),” Peterson said of Palmer. “There was no doubt in my mind that Carson was going to return. I knew Fitz (Larry Fitzgerald) was coming back as well. I knew both of those guys were coming back.”
Richard Sherman, on the other hand, might not be coming back. Sherman isn’t retiring, but the Seahawks are reportedly trying to trade the 29-year-old cornerback.
“That was kind of odd,” Peterson said. “When I first saw it, I thought it was an April Fool’s joke, honestly. I don’t know what happened between those two. I don’t know if there’s anything between the two at all, but that’s just the nature of the business. You got some of the greats of all times that’s been traded away from the team that drafted them.”
Take Deion Sanders, for example.
“Deion Sanders played for four different teams, and he was arguably one of the best players and cornerbacks to play the game,” Peterson said. “So, especially with him, it was a shocker, but that’s just how the business goes. Obviously if Richard is telling them to make calls and wanting to be traded, there’s got to be some kind of animosity between the two. It was definitely from left field for me when I saw the news, but that’s just the way the business is. One day you can be loved, and the next day you can be hated. You just have to roll with the punches.”