In what seemed inevitable – especially after wide receiver
Palmer had, multiple times, said he expected to play this season. But he left some doubt by saying he wanted to first see how his body responded to down time. Health was the major factor for the 37-year-old, who coach Bruce Arians said “got the hell beat out of him this year.”
“My intent was to take some time after the season to get away and see where I was physically and mentally," Palmer said. "On both fronts, I can say I’m ready to get back to work and prepare for the 2017 season. This is a
Palmer's 2017 salary of $15.5 million becomes fully guaranteed Friday.
Palmer was sacked 40 times – 15 more than in 2015 – and was hit the third-most in the NFL this season.
But Palmer’s return always trended toward likely. Even Arians acknowledged that recently when he noted Palmer “said earlier he wanted to play and I think he does.”
After the final home game of the 2016 season, Palmer was asked if he was going to play in 2017.
“I haven’t even thought about that,” Palmer said at the time. “But, I expect to. I’d like to.”
Once Fitzgerald committed – a move many believe wouldn’t have happened without the confidence Palmer would be his quarterback – Palmer’s similar move never felt that far behind.
Palmer missed one game this season due to a concussion. He still set a personal high for pass attempts with 597, completing 364 for 4,233 yards, 26 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
He is signed through the 2018 season.