After 15 years in the NFL, Arizona Cardinals signal-caller Carson Palmer has decided to call it a career, and the future in the desert gets even murkier.


The decision comes just a few days after head coach Bruce Arians also made his decision to retire from the NFL, and it's clear now the team is in rebuild mode. Could the great Larry Fitzgerald be next? That remains to be seen, but as far as the three-time Pro Bowler and first-overall pick in the 2003 draft, the time to hang it up has come, and a tantalizing, yet imperfect, career is now over. 


Here's the statement from Palmer, issued on the team's official Twitter account:

Well said. Palmer will finish his career with seven years playing for the Cincinnati Bengals, two years in Oakland, and five very prosperous late-career seasons with the Cards, where QBs often go to rejuvenate.


During that time, he passed for 46,247 yards, which is good for 12th on the all-time passing yards list, along with 294 touchdowns.


We certainly will miss the gutsy play from the former USC Trojan, along with his funny weekly costumes from the team's QB competitions. 

A great career for No. 3, marred by a few too many trips to the IR. We'll never forget the playoff hit that changed his Bengals tenure forever, nor will we ignore the beautiful deep balls that defined his overall excellent tenure.