Bruce Arians confident Cardinals QB Carson Palmer will return next season

The Arizona Cardinals have been in the headlines quite a bit during the NFL playoffs. Although Bruce Arians' squad failed to make the postseason, Arizona's stars Larry Fitzgerald and Carson Palmer have kept the team relevant due to their indecisiveness regardless whether they want to continue their NFL careers.

Apparently, even though he hasn't come out publicly to announce he'll be returning to the Cardinals, Carson Palmer will be under center for Arizona next season. Arians seems confident his quarterback will return for the 2017 campaign.

"I think he'll announce he's coming back real soon," ESPN's Adam Shefter said.

After a promising 2015 NFL season, the Cardinals fell back down to earth this past season. Arians' team finished the 2016 NFL regular season with a record of 7-8-1 resulting in the Cardinals missing the playoffs. 

Although the Cardinals have one of the best running backs in the game with David Johnson and could make a run next season, Palmer has been contemplating retirement. The veteran quarterback seems fed up of the toll his career has taken on his body and wants to see how it responds in the offseason before committing to another year of football.

Fitzgerald, however, has already made his decision. The longtime wide receiver for the Cardinals will be coming back for another season.

“All these super-talented guys coming back on this team. I can’t go out on 7-8-1. That’s not how I want to do it. With the combination of those, and my body feeling much, much better now, is probably what made me feel the way I do,” Fitzgerald told Kent Somers of AZ Central Sports

With Fitzgerald back in the fold, the consensus seems to be that Palmer will be back as well. Arians is clearly confident his starter will be back next season, and Fitzgerald's decision is likely an indication of Palmer's intentions with it being doubtful the star wideout would return without any security under center.