After being legitimate Super Bowl title contenders last season with Carson Palmer under center, the Arizona Cardinals took a step back during the 2016 NFL campaign. The Cardinals failed to make the playoffs and now face uncertainty regarding the futures of Palmer and star wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.
Palmer and Fitzgerald appear to be seriously considering retirement. The Cardinals brass hopes to know their future by the middle of February and may have gotten a hint from Palmer after hearing what he told Dan Bickley of AZCentral.com, via Pro Football Talk:
“I guess nothing is ever official until it is, but I’d like to play if my body responds the way I hope,” Palmer said.
Although Palmer is coming off a decent season, the writing appears to be on the wall in Arizona regarding team needing to prepare for the future at the quarterback position. The Cardinals brass may be eager to get an answer from Palmer so they can get in the running to either acquire or sign Tony Romo. Of course, it all depends on what move the Dallas Cowboys make during the offseason.
Another direction the team could take is drafting a promising young quarterback or exploring other options in NFL free agency.
In 15 games this season, Palmer threw for 4,233 yards, 26 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. The Cardinals finished with a 6-8-1 record, and despite another solid season from running back David Johnson, who unfortunately went down with a knee injury to end the season, Arizona has a lot of question need answering during the offseason.
The question from here on out is how long with the Cardinals wait on Palmer, and if Romo is a legitimate option to replace the USC product if he intends on calling it a career.