The Arizona Cardinals have traded for former Oakland Raiders starting quarterback Carson Palmer. The deal means the Cardinals are trusting a veteran to fix their quarterback issues, after several unsuccessful experiments with youth. They've also found the right fit for new head coach Bruce Arians' deep passing offense.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com reported the Cardinals dealt a sixth-round pick this year and a 2014 seventh-round pick to the Silver and Black. In exchange, they get Palmer and a 2013 seventh-round pick.
The Cardinals will be hoping the 33-year-old can replicate what Kurt Warner did in Arizona, during the twilight of his career. Warner took the Cardinals to their only Super Bowl appearance in 2008.
During that season his passes helped three Cardinals wide receivers post 1,000-yard seasons. One of those wideouts was Larry Fitzgerald, who has already expressed his delight at Palmer's arrival, according to Sports Illustrated's Peter King.
The prolific playmaker has floundered in recent seasons, as the Cardinals auditioned a series of sub-par replacements for Warner. Kevin Kolb, Derek Anderson John Skelton and Ryan Lindley comprised a carousel of woeful passers since Warner retired after the 2009 season.
That was the last time the Cardinals made the playoffs. Since then, they've won just eighteen games in three years.
New head coach Bruce Arians has overhauled the quarterback position in the wake of 2012's 5-11 finish. He let Kolb join the Buffalo Bills, cut Skelton and signed Drew Stanton.
The trade for Palmer completes the attempt to get better under center. He did struggle during two years in Oakland, but in 2012 he recorded his first 4,000-yard passing season since 2007.
He still has the arm strength to suit the kind of vertical offense Arians favors. As offensive coordinator with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts, Arians loved to flood the field with deep routes.
He has the right weapons on the outside, to run the same scheme in Arizona. Fitzgerald is still as good as any receiver in the game.
Youngsters Andre Roberts and Michael Floyd can certainly stretch the field. With Palmer in place, Arians can unleash his system and use the draft to fix an appalling offensive line.
The Cardinals allowed 58 sacks last season. Giving Palmer more time, will be crucial to letting the deep patterns develop.
Arians can now use the draft's seventh overall pick on a competent offensive tackle. Central Michigan's Eric Fisher and Oklahoma's Lane Johnson would both be able to protect Palmer in the pocket.
The Cardinals now have their first proven quarterback since Warner called time on his career. Whether Palmer can have the same impact Warner had in the desert is debatable.
However, at least he finally gives the Cardinals a credible veteran under center again.