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Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer Announces Retirement

General view of action as wide receiver Jaron Brown #13 of the Arizona Cardinals catches a pass during the second half of the NFL game against the New York Giants.

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 24: General view of action as wide receiver Jaron Brown #13 of the Arizona Cardinals catches a pass during the second half of the NFL game against the New York Giants at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Arizona Cardinals won 23-0. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Carson Palmer is calling it a career.

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer, the 2002 Heisman Trophy Winner and 2003 No. 1 overall pick, has retired.

Palmer announced the move in a personal letter published on the Cardinals' team website.

"Over the years, I’ve had teammates who decided to hang it up and I would ask them how they knew when it was time to walk away," Palmer's letter said in part. "The answer was almost always the same: You just know.

"For me that time is now. Why? Quite simply, I just know."

Palmer spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Cincinnati Bengals. He battled back from a torn ACL suffered against the Pittsburgh Steelers in a January 2006 AFC Wild Card game to start every game for Cincinnati the following season. He helped the Bengals reach the playoffs twice.

After two seasons in Oakland (2011-12), Palmer experienced a late career resurgence with the Cardinals. His best season came in 2015, when he threw for 4,671 yards and 35 touchdowns, leading Arizona to the NFC Championship Game and earning a Pro Bowl berth in the process.

For his career, Palmer threw for 46,247 yards, 294 touchdowns and 187 interceptions. The Cardinals are now looking for a new quarterback and a head coach, as Bruce Arians stepped down from coaching yesterday.