Palmer turns 38 in December and he waited until he was fully recovered from the 2016 season before deciding to suit up this fall.
“You just have to give your body a chance to tell you,” Palmer said during a press conference Tuesday via ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss. “It takes a while to get back to 100 percent for everybody, whether you’re 26, 36, whatever it is.
“I just wanted to make sure I can get back to that point because you hear guys talk about all the time, ‘My body just told me no.’ You don’t know you’re in that situation until you’re in that situation and once I realized I wasn’t in that situation, I started getting excited again that I was going to get another shot.”
Palmer completed 61 percent of his passes for 4,233 yards and 26 touchdowns against 14 interceptions last season. He’ll return as the incumbent starter for the upcoming campaign.
The veteran quarterback refused to commit beyond the 2017 season, however, saying that he’ll need to make decisions on a year-by-year basis.
“For the last four or five years, you just got to wait,” Palmer said. “You can’t get too excited. You can’t make any decisions in May. You can’t make any decisions in October, November, (or) December, either.
“You have to wait until the season’s over and evaluate your body and your health and go from there.”
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