Carson Palmer Soon Heading to Arizona Cardinals?

By Ryan Heckman
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The Oakland Raiders are reportedly working out a deal to send quarterback Carson Palmer to the Arizona Cardinals for “minimal compensation,” according to ESPN.

While it may seem that the Cardinals are upgrading their current quarterback situation, I tend to want to play the devil’s advocate. Not only does this give Arizona a lump sum of quarterbacks on the roster at the moment, but it also contradicts what new head coach Bruce Arians said earlier this offseason.

Arians said that he had a lot of faith in newcomer Drew Stanton, and that he does not believe in being a “two quarterback guy.”

For Arizona, a late round pick seems to be next to nothing when receiving a veteran quarterback in Palmer. However, I wonder what would have come of that pick in the upcoming 2013 NFL Draft.

Palmer’s best days are behind him, and in Oakland he showed innacuracy and inconsistency. He was never able to get the Raiders offense where it had the potential to go with weapons like Darren McFadden and Denarius Moore.

With the Cardinals, Palmer will have one of the best wide receivers in the NFL to throw to in Larry Fitzgerald. He will also be responsible for part of the development for second-year pro Michael Floyd. Whether or not Palmer pans out will be seen in the coming months.

If I was a betting man, I would bet that Stanton would wind up under center before Week 10. From the looks of things, Arians has his hands full and will have to work hard at backing up his words from a few weeks ago. It will be interesting to see who Arians thinks gives the Cardinals the best chance to win. Will it be his familiar face in Stanton or soon-to-be acquired Palmer?

Ryan Heckman is a Minnesota Timberwolves writer and NFL contributor for Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google

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