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Cardinals interested in Palmer, but only on the cheap

Carson Palmer, Calais Campbell AP

At which point that Carson Palmer is available, and agreeable, it appears the Cardinals will have interest.

But while there’s little clear about the timetable of events that seem to be pointing Matt Flynn to the Raiders and then Palmer elsewhere, what’s clear is that the Cardinals have interest in the back half of that transaction.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that the Cardinals are curious, up to a certain point.

While he’d arguably be the best of an odd lot of quarterbacks if he went to the desert, they’re also coming off giving up a cornerback, a second-round pick and over $20 million for the right to cut Kevin Kolb.

That has apparently caused them to be interested in Palmer only if it doesn’t cost much, meaning they’re only willing to give up late-round, conditional picks. That would also require them convincing Palmer to play for less than the $13 million he’s scheduled to make.

That’s a lot of ifs, for a team that might only be marginally better by acquiring him.

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31 Responses to “Cardinals interested in Palmer, but only on the cheap”
  1. jaewest304 says: Mar 30, 2013 3:54 PM

    I had hope that of McKenzie brought in Flynn that he wouldn’t just cut Palmer. I also hoped that a trade for Palmer would result in receiving ANY draft picks at all

  2. hendeeze says: Mar 30, 2013 3:55 PM

    With the state that the Cardinals are in compared to their division rivals, there is a good chance Arizona will be the 3rd team Carson will end up quitting on.

  3. goraidersgospurs says: Mar 30, 2013 3:56 PM

    I say atleast a 5 rounder, plus palmer only has two years left on his current deal & he should jump for joy to have Larry to pass too.

  4. mullman76 says: Mar 30, 2013 3:57 PM

    They should’ve just thrown some modest $$$ at Campbell to come back.

    Surely he would’ve taken $3mil in Oakland to start rather than $1.5mil in Cleveland to sit.

  5. nomoreseasontix says: Mar 30, 2013 4:01 PM

    He’s going to want some time to throw the ball. I think he’s tired of getting slammed every other snap.
    The turnstiles they put in front of him in Oakland didn’t help much.
    At least Arizona has at least one receiver who knows how to run his routes.
    Oakland didn’t have much of that either.

  6. dioalice says: Mar 30, 2013 4:03 PM

    Much is fishy about these rumors. For starters, Palmer (allegedly) has said he wants to play for a contender. (No comment from this Cards fan.) Backup at SF seems more likely.

    In his first year, Bruce Arians is in no danger of being fired. He needs to identify the future QB for the franchise, not resurrect the career of someone clearly with only one more go round… There is no pressure to win now in Arizona – unless they give up picks to Oakland and a big contract to Palmer.

    I don’t see it happening. That said, if they do bring him in, he’s certainly more capable than any of the other four currently on the roster.

  7. fordmandalay says: Mar 30, 2013 4:06 PM

    I can’t imagine Palmer wanting anything to do with the incompetent circus that is the Cardinals ‘on the cheap’. No wonder they’ve got a 40 year-and-counting tradition of fail.

  8. blacknole08 says: Mar 30, 2013 4:06 PM

    What has gotten into Palmer? It’s like he has lost his mental toughness and desire. Since his season-ending injury back in 08 I really question if he really wants to play football.

    He really wants out of Oakland after one full year and some change as a starter? Does he not care about how he might have potentially set their franchise back for what they gave up for him?

    Not saying that he shouldn’t get a 3rd chance somewhere, but he will have to shed the “quitters” label that he has placed on himself.

  9. tdubdizzle says: Mar 30, 2013 4:07 PM

    Regardless of what happens with Carson Palmer, Reggie Mckenzie has proven hes for real! I haven’t seen the Raiders win since I was in Elementary school when Jerry Rice and Tim Brown were on the team.Raiders are on the up and up!

    Reggie Mckenzie and Dennis Allen are The Real Deal.

  10. 561bengal says: Mar 30, 2013 4:16 PM

    Cardinal fans don’t get too excited. Palmer will frustrate you to no end.

  11. jprcox says: Mar 30, 2013 4:19 PM

    What would be the point for Palmer? Cards have about the same team as Oakland – and yet Oakland will pay him $10m to Cards $4-5m?

    Watch – Palmer wants to play with Carroll even as backup to have a chance to play if Wilson gets hurt. This could be a real reality.

    Flynn trade for Palmer (with restructured contract) is better for Wilson as Palmer would be a much better mentor to Wilson.

  12. whodat11985 says: Mar 30, 2013 4:35 PM

    I believe the Raiders should release Palmer and take Geno Smith in the draft. Not that I want to see Geno Smith in Oakland, id rather see him in Buffalo, but like the Bills the Raiders need something to right the ship in Oakland.

  13. tombstone7 says: Mar 30, 2013 4:37 PM

    Palmer is done. He is past him prime and no where close to being an elite QB……Move on!

  14. gibbyfan says: Mar 30, 2013 4:40 PM

    in retrospect, and i’m not kidding, you have to wonder if Hue put that trade through for the benefit of Cincinnati –he couldnt really be as much as an inbecile as would be required to relly think it would benefit Oakland–he surpassed even the incompetence of AL

  15. nmrdr795 says: Mar 30, 2013 4:58 PM

    I thought raiders signed flynn and porter??? Looks like a lot of guessing and no facts. Is this a rumor website?

  16. mikel119 says: Mar 30, 2013 5:00 PM

    Flynn trade for Palmer (with restructured contract) is better for Wilson as Palmer would be a much better mentor to Wilson……I would not want palmer around any of my qbs …. the man is a coward and a quitter.

  17. theauger says: Mar 30, 2013 5:08 PM

    I find it funny that people forget that AZ has one of the better defenses in the NFL. Horrendous QB play, a porous O-line, RB(s) that couldn’t stay healthy, & poor coaching on the offensive side of the ball were the reason for their bad season. That also the reason for the inflated numbers that the defense gave up.

    Say what you will about Palmer being a quitter, but he is still an above average QB & better than anything AZ has has had since Warner retired. Palmer had as good a year as Cutler, Schaub, Dalton, or Stafford. And all those guys had WR(s) to throw to, unlike Palmer.

    Palmer in AZ would make it easier to draft & groom a QB like Glennon, Nassib, or Manuel in the 2nd round.

  18. returntoexcellence says: Mar 30, 2013 5:19 PM

    gibbyfan says:
    Mar 30, 2013 4:40 PM
    in retrospect, and i’m not kidding, you have to wonder if Hue put that trade through for the benefit of Cincinnati –he couldnt really be as much as an inbecile as would be required to relly think it would benefit Oakland–he surpassed even the incompetence of AL
    ____________________________________

    I usually don’t buy in to conspiracy theories, but it really does seem like Hue was a mole. Come to our franchise, make a ridiculous trade, screw our future and than return to the Bengals.

    Congrats Hue… you got us. Your plan worked perfectly… Revenge however will be painful

    And in case you’re wondering, no, I don’t really believe that as no one could have known Cambell would get hurt… but Hue did screw us over good none the less.

  19. onbucky96 says: Mar 30, 2013 5:42 PM

    Cheap. Now there’s the Bidwell family we all know and loathe.

  20. ericn42000 says: Mar 30, 2013 6:29 PM

    Draft Geno Smith!! Carson Palmer is no longer the QB he was in his early years!!!

  21. nomoreseasontix says: Mar 30, 2013 6:30 PM

    The worst thing about this is that the guy most responsible for the debacle that was the Palmer trade, the sub-par head coach and all around backstabbing self-promoter, Hue Jackwad, isn’t around to reap the whirlwind.

    He’s too busy plotting Marvin Lewis’ (the guy that handed him a job) demise.

    The only justice is that after his time here, with the pedicures and crocodile tears for the cameras in Houston and melting down after he flopped down the stretch, he surely won’t get another head coaching opportunity in the NFL.

  22. gibbyfan says: Mar 30, 2013 8:04 PM

    There must be some way to hold him accountable –Again, I really really believe that some kind of a deal was struck between Hue and Cincy—Help us find a sucker to take CP and you will be rewarded in the future – with all the chaos in Oakland–opporuinty presented itself-I said it then and I’ll say it now –not even Al, with his obvious loss of cognitiv poweres would have made that deal –Seems nobody liked it and guess the kid had no clue– and then Cicncy wound up the nice landing spot for Hue…….

  23. realskipbayless says: Mar 30, 2013 8:18 PM

    tombstone7 says:
    Mar 30, 2013 4:37 PM
    Palmer is done. He is past him prime and no where close to being an elite QB……Move on!

    Someone please explain to me why this comment got a lot of thumbs down? Do people like quitters or something. I for one hate quitters and don’t think a quitter should get another chance in the NFL. I’m sure if he was your fav teams qb and he quit on your team you wouldn’t like that too much. At the end of the day every team in the nfl is better without a quitter.

  24. raiderapologist says: Mar 30, 2013 8:25 PM

    gibbyfan says: Mar 30, 2013 4:40 PM

    in retrospect, and i’m not kidding, you have to wonder if Hue put that trade through for the benefit of Cincinnati –he couldnt really be as much as an inbecile as would be required to relly think it would benefit Oakland–he surpassed even the incompetence of AL
    —————–
    That’s absurd. Jackson did a fine job as Oakland’s OC, considering what he had to work with. And while he didn’t get better results as a head coach, he had a run of bad luck concerning injuries and death. He should be running an offense somewhere, at the least, but he can’t even get a sniff. He wouldn’t sabotage his career to benefit the Bengals. He’s stuck where he is because of his mouth.

  25. tiggerblood says: Mar 30, 2013 8:57 PM

    Couldn’t have said it better than theauger. Beanie Wells out Mendenhall in. Draft whatever tackle drops to you or trade down a few and get warmack. The offense should be better with Palmer and linemen linemen linemen they should draft all linemen!

  26. bengals78 says: Mar 30, 2013 9:10 PM

    Conspiracy theorists: stop drinking, find your designated driver, go home and sleep it off.

  27. radrntn says: Mar 30, 2013 10:55 PM

    funny how certain raider hating media try to stir the pot, yet no one has heard anything from Carson, or Reggie, it’s just a bunch of “unnamed sources”

    Until further notice Carson is the starting QB, and the media can speculate all they want… As of now the only fact is that both the raiders and Carson have “no comment” and cBS, and Blahoo are full of it.

  28. autumnwind999 says: Mar 31, 2013 1:37 AM

    Palmer is soooo much better than guys like Flynn and Kolb it’s not even funny.

    If Arizona can get its online straightened out Fitzgerald will put up HUGE numbers with Palmer. CP is a gunslinger and is fearless when it comes to throwing into tight spots down field. Sometimes that backfires because his receiver isn’t up to winning the battle on the other end. But you can’t say that about Fitzgerald.

  29. laserrocketarm12 says: Mar 31, 2013 3:04 AM

    I’m a Raiders fan, and as much as it pains me to say it, Carson is head and shoulders better than any QB the Cards have trotted out since Warner retired.

    With that said, given how neck-and-neck San Fran and Seattle are, with St. Louis’ arrow definitely trending up, the Cards are likely bottom of the pack for a while, which sadly means CP will almost certainly quit on them sooner than later.

  30. laserrocketarm12 says: Mar 31, 2013 3:06 AM

    Can’t be a franchise QB if you just quit on the team and city when the going gets tough. Carson isn’t a winner or a leader.

    It’s been a painful 8-16 these last two years for me.

  31. bigdaddybullwhip says: Mar 31, 2013 8:19 AM

    Carson Palmer is a weak self centered man and does not realize that loyalty and commitment is a valuable trait in life.

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