Carson Palmer will get his wish, for the second time in less than two calendar years.
Though we’ve heard that there actually are four or five teams that could end up landing the first overall pick from the 2003 draft, Peter King of SI.com strongly believes Palmer will end up with the Cardinals.
Per King, Oakland likely would get a fourth- or fifth-round pick, and Palmer would sign a contract that would reflect his recent performance level. (Currently, he’s due to earn $13 million in 2013.)
The deal would allow the Cardinals to focus their draft picks on improving the ensemble of blockers that will be called upon to keep Palmer in one piece, even though it would force new coach Bruce Arians to acknowledge that he has been propping up Drew Stanton as a potential starter in order to provide cover for the ongoing quest to upgrade the position.
It’s unclear how much of an upgrade it will be. Palmer isn’t horrible, but he’s not the guy he once was. Still, Arians saw enough of the former Bengal during Arians’ time in Pittsburgh, which puts Arians in a good position to make a reliable judgment on whether Palmer can do for the franchise what Kurt Warner did several years ago.