Posted March 30, 2013

Report: Arizona Cardinals considering trade for Raiders’ Carson Palmer

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Carson Palmer is set to make $13 million next season after posting an 85.3 quarterback rating in 2012. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Carson Palmer is set to make $13 million next season after posting an 85.3 quarterback rating in 2012. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The Oakland Raiders’ potential trade for Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn could set the NFL quarterback carousel in motion.

If Oakland finds its man in Flynn, the Arizona Cardinals could put together a deal for current Raiders QB Carson Palmer, azcentral.com’s Kent Somers is reporting.

Like the Flynn trade — which the Seattle Times reported on Friday is close to occurring — any trade for Palmer would only be completed if he restructures his contract to take a pay cut from the $13 million he is owed next season, according to Somers.

The Cardinals would only agree to a trade if it costs them late-round draft picks, possibly conditional on how Palmer plays, Somers reports. They could also wait to see if the Raiders release him so they could simply sign him as a free agent.

From Somers’ report:

Palmer could refuse and a proposed trade would be off. That would make sense from Palmer’s perspective. It would force the Raiders to release him and Palmer would then be free to pick his next employer. He probably would prefer a team that appears closer to making the playoffs than the Cardinals.

Palmer, 33, threw 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions for the 4-12 Raiders last season. Arizona’s current quarterback crop includes Drew Stanton, Ryan Lindley and John Skelton.


8 comments
FanJab
FanJab

If Zona can ink Palmer, Larry Fitz's and Rashard Mendenhall's fantasy stock will rise..

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

What team that is "closer to the playoffs" would want Palmer as anything but a cheap back-up? If he wants to be the starter he will have to go to a team like the Cardinals - or wait and hope for a QB to be injured.

JRock
JRock

Gotta think that throwing to Fitzgerald would be a benefit. Palmer might go based on Bruce Arians success as a OC with a good passing game.

DarinPike
DarinPike

 @WilyCoyoteSuperGenius At this stage of Palmer's career he very well might prefer to be a backup on a Super Bowl contender than a starter on a mediocre or worse team. Flynn, on the other hand, has the fire and wants the opportunity to prove his worth on the field.

BryanCustard
BryanCustard

 @JRock you couldn't pay me enough to throw behind that OLine, even if they had Megatron and Gronk, I still might not play for them as a QB

pooterpita
pooterpita

 @DarinPike  @WilyCoyoteSuperGenius No REAL player wants to win as a backup. Dan Marino could have sat on a Team for another 5 years to get a ring. The Professional wants the ring they win to be THEIR ring. 

pooterpita
pooterpita

 @BryanCustard  @JRock If you had the skill of any football player you would be thanking the Cards that they wanted you!  Since you don't have the skill you won't understand and never will. I bet your favorite team is the team that won last year! LOL or maybe the 2nd place team at worst case. I don't remember seeing you when the 49ers sucked? LOL

Mike72
Mike72

 @BryanCustard  @JRockIm sure if you were the QB. they might not want to block or run routes for you. Since you arent a good QB im guessing.