‘More cap friendly’
With Matt Flynn now the man in Oakland, Palmer became expendable for the Raiders. The team would have owed the 33-year-old $13 million for this season. After the trade, the former USC Trojan restructured his deal to make his contract more cap friendly for the Cardinals, according to CBSSports.com’s Jason La Canfora:
“Palmer gets $16M over 2 yrs (and can earn $4M more in incentives). $10M of the deal is guaranteed.”
While original speculation identified the San Francisco 49ers as a potential landing spot (h/t Mike Garafolo of USA Today), Palmer ultimately lands with a different NFC West club that has been searching for a solid starting quarterback since Kurt Warner departed.
He should have an opportunity to compete for the starting job, as he will join Drew Stanton, Ryan Lindley and Brian Hoyer as the Cardinals’ options under center. Arizona waived quarterback John Skelton on April 1 (via Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com).
The Cardinals already made a move to add Stanton to the roster earlier in the offseason when they signed the former Indianapolis Colt to a three-year deal. Stanton was the backup to Andrew Luck in Indianapolis last season, where current Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians served as the offensive coordinator. The addition of Palmer sets up an intriguing battle between Stanton and Palmer this preseason.
Was this trade a wise move for the Arizona Cardinals? What about for Carson Palmer?
Source: Alex Ballentine, Bleacher Report
Image: USA Today