Carson Palmer could restructure deal to give Cards more cap space

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The Cardinals have been very active already this offseason when it comes to creating cap space as they’ve given wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald a reworked deal and started working on the same with defensive lineman Darnell Dockett.

Quarterback Carson Palmer could join that list. Palmer signed a four-year extension with the Cardinals last November, which he went out and celebrated by tearing his ACL and missing the remainder of the season.

Now Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 in Phoenix reports that he may alter the deal before even playing a full game under its terms. Palmer is due a $9.5 million roster bonus this year and the team would gain more than $7 million under the salary cap by converting it to a signing bonus to spread the cap hit out over the life of the contract.

Kicking the can down the road like that can lead to future cap squeezes, but the Cardinals have an eye on winning now after 21 wins in the last two seasons and the immediate financial fuel a Palmer restructure offers would be appealing for a team with that mindset.

16 responses to “Carson Palmer could restructure deal to give Cards more cap space

  1. Carson Palmer was one of the top QBs when he was drafted but hard times in Cincy, Oakland Arizona make me think he’s gonna push hard to make a winning team.

  2. Given the Larry Fitzgerald saga, is there any team with more experience in kicking the can down the road?

  3. They’re close. All they need to get past the Seahawks is a QB, an RB, a TE, a better OL, a new defensive coordinator, a WR who can get open against the Seahawks, a LB or 2 that can cover Luke Wilson, a corner, and a couple safety’s. They get that and they have a real chance of closing that 54-9 gap that COY & EOY have to the Seahawks. As a Seahawks fan, I’m genuinely scared.

  4. The Cardnials are a good team, now they just need to get a competent QB, which Palmer is not and never will be.

  5. With all the injuries last year, the Cardinals went into Seattle and did pretty darn well. They shut down the Seahawks offense and almost pulled it off with a backup QB and a bunch of practice squad players starting. So you can make fun of the Cards all you want, but winning 11 games with what they had last year shows what they are capable of fully healthy.

    The FO knows this as well, that is why they are about to give up the future to win in the present.

  6. Wanted out of Cincy, hasn’t won anything since, if he would have stayed he would have had a top 5 defense for 3 of the 4 years, AJ Green, and the Bengals would have made a run every year instead of one and done with Dalton.
    Totally screwed his own career.

  7. Cards aren’t asking Palmer to restructure,,,if they moved his roster bonus to signing it would save money today, but if the Card’s cut him it would kill their cap through the dead cap.

    Basically it would involve a Dez Bryant Wal Mart parking lot video to get rid of Palmer’s cap hit…love the guy and hope he keeps playing the next four years just worry about the physical aspect.

  8. The Sea Squawks got lucky when Arizona lost Palmer and Drew Stanton, preventing the Cards from winning the division, and allowing the Squawks to play at home. If it played against Green Bay on the road as a wild card, it would have lost the NFC CG.

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