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Palmer announces return for 2017 season

Arizona Cardinals' quarterback Carson Palmer announced Thursday that he will return for his 15th NFL season in 2017.

On Tuesday morning, Arizona Cardinals' wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald went on a local radio station and talked about "unfinished business" playing a role in his decision to put off retirement for at least one more season.

On Thursday afternoon, Cardinals' quarterback Carson Palmer joined Fitzgerald in his decision to return to the organization in 2017, citing the rare group of talent he'll have the opportunity to compete with next year.

"My intent was to take some time after the season to get away and see where I was physically and mentally," Palmer said in a statement released by Cardinals' Vice President of Media Relations Mark Dalton. "On both fronts, I can say I'm ready to get back to work and prepare for the 2017 season. This is a phenomenal group with a very special opportunity in front of it. I know how rare this is and I couldn't be more excited to be a part of it."

The 2017 season will mark Palmer's fifth campaign in Arizona, where he has compiled a 35-17-1 record over four seasons. Palmer has twice led the Cardinals to a playoff berth, including in 2015 when he helped the team reach the NFC Championship game for the first time since 2008.

The 14-year NFL veteran has thrown for more than 4,000 yards in three of his four seasons in Arizona, and helped revitalize the career of Fitzgerald, who has posted back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving campaigns and consecutive 100-catch seasons. 

A former first round draft pick of the Cincinnati Bengals, Palmer has spent time with the Bengals, the Oakland Raiders and the Cardinals during his career, but has enjoyed his greatest success in Arizona. 

Palmer's contract runs through the 2018 season, and he's expected to make over $24 million in the upcoming season. 

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