It’s no surprise that the Cardinals need help at the quarterback position. And so the Cardinals are expected to make a play for a quarterback early in the free-agency process.
But who will they target? While it wouldn’t take much to upgrade their depth chart, the Cardinals don’t have many options in free agency.
Yes, the options are limited.
Unless, of course, the Raiders cut Carson Palmer. There’s speculation in league circles that the Cardinals are waiting for that to happen.
Palmer is due to receive a base salary of $13 million in 2013. The Raiders are expected to press him to take less, and to cut him if he won’t.
Once again, don’t rule out the possibility of a trade, coupled with a new deal that pays Palmer less than $13 million but more than the Raiders are willing to invest. Even if the Raiders get only a low-round draft pick, it’s better than nothing.
Especially after giving up a first-round pick and a second-round pick to get him.