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Arians expects Palmer back in 2017

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said in a segment on ESPN Friday that he expects Carson Palmer to announce his return to the Cardinals shortly.

First, it was Larry Fitzgerald.

Now, it's Carson Palmer.

On Wednesday, rumors surfaced that Fitzgerald was set to announce his return to the Arizona Cardinals for the 2017 season. Wednesday evening, Fitzgerald confirmed his return to ESPN's Jim Trotter, and set in motion the next part of the news cycle.

With Fitzgerald set to come back in 2017, when would Palmer make his decision regarding his future?

On Friday, Cardinals' head coach Bruce Arians said during a live ESPN segment he expects Palmer to announce that he's returning to Arizona "real soon" for the 2017 season, the final year of his contract.

Both Fitzgerald and Palmer have fully guaranteed contracts through the 2017 season, and both are critical members of an Arizona franchise attempting to make a serious run at the Super Bowl.

Fitzgerald's contract expires at the end of the 2017 season, while Palmer signed a one-year extension keeping him in Arizona through 2018, though the salary he's owed beyond the upcoming season is not guaranteed.

Fitzgerald, a 13-year NFL veteran, tied for the NFL lead in receptions in 2016 with 107 while passing the 1,000-yard threshold in receiving yards for the second straight year. The 2003 first round draft pick of the Cardinals, Fitzgerald was named to his 10th Pro Bowl in 2016 and posted the eighth 1,000-yard season of his career.

Palmer, a 14-year NFL veteran, finished with over 4,000 yards passing for the second straight season and the third time in his Cardinals' career. Since arriving in Arizona, Palmer has thrown 96 touchdown passes and racked up over 14,500 passing yards. 

Together, Palmer and Fitzgerald have twice helped the Cardinals reach the playoffs, including in 2015, when Arizona reached the NFC Championship game. 


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