Cardinals Acquire Carson Palmer

Updated: April 2, 2013

The Oakland Raiders agreed to trade quarterback Carson Palmer to the Arizona Cardinals today.

Oakland received Arizona’s second and sixth-round picks in this year’s draft in return for Palmer and its seventh-round pick. ESPN reported that if Palmer starts 13 games this season for the Cardinals, the Raiders will receive a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2014 draft.

In a news conference with multiple news outlets, Arizona head coach Bruce Arians said: “I’m here to introduce our starting quarterback and put it to bed.”

Cincinnati drafted Palmer, 33, with the first overall pick in the 2003 draft. The Bengals traded Palmer to the Raiders in 2011 for a 2012 first-round draft pick and a second-round pick in the 2013 draft.

Over nine seasons, the two-time Pro Bowler and 2005 AFC Player of the Year has accumulated respectable stats.

Touchdowns: 189

Passing Yards: 29,465

Interceptions: 130

Completion Percentage: 62.5%

“I’ve got a lot of tread left on my tires,” Palmer told ESPN.

The Cardinals released John Skelton yesterday. Skelton started 17 games for Arizona over the past three seasons. Arizona has lacked a stable starting QB since Kurt Warner retired after the 2009 season.

After Oakland traded for Matt Flynn on Monday, Palmer became expendable.

Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie said the following in a news release today: “We’d like to thank Carson Palmer for his services over the past two seasons.”

Over the last two seasons, Palmer started 24 games for Oakland. Palmer threw 35 touchdowns and 30 interceptions while with the Raiders. The veteran’s best years were from 2005-2007 when he set a career-high in touchdowns with 32 and passing yards with 4,131.

This could be the first time that Palmer starts on the same team as a top-five wide receiver. Larry Fitzgerald has stated many times his disappointment that he no longer had a solid starting QB throwing the ball to him. When Warner played for Arizona, Fitzgerald was possibly the best wide-receiver in the game. In 2009, Warner’s final season in the NFL, Fitzgerald totaled 1,092 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns.

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