Cardinals and Carson Palmer Talking Extension
The Arizona Cardinals have seen what life without a competent NFL quarterback can be like. It happened to them for a few years before they traded for Carson Palmer and it happened again this year when Palmer (shoulder) missed three straight games with a nerve issue.
They’re not interested in letting it happen again. Per reports, the Cardinals are already in talks with Palmer about a contract extension. There hasn’t been any official word that the interest is mutual, but it appears that Palmer would like to stay in Arizona and hammer out a new deal.
Any contract Palmer signs with the Cardinals would likely be his last, as the 34-year old quarterback probably only has another 2-3 top level seasons in him and already is dealing with health issues.
Palmer missed three straight games due to a nerve issue in his shoulder this year, an issue that was arguably slowed by age and a lengthy healing process.
While age and health may be obstacles in securing Palmer before he exits his contract year, Arizona doesn’t have a viable option behind him on the roster and can’t afford to go from stability to uncertainty under center in 2014. That exact line of thinking is what dropped them from legit Super Bowl contenders back down to the bottom of the league just a few years ago, so it appears Bruce Arians and co. are wisely trying to hold onto Palmer for as long as they can.
Doing so could keep a 4-1 Arizona team highly competitive, as we’ve seen an effective Palmer go 12-6 as the main starter over the past two years. The beauty is the Cardinals could lock Palmer up to a nice two or three year deal (ideally), while still developing any young talent they might add behind him. 2014 rookie Logan Thomas seems to be worth developing, while Arizona could have the luxury of taking another young quarterback in next year’s draft, knowing they wouldn’t have to force him into action for at least a couple of seasons.
More than just a stop-gap, however, Palmer has remained highly effective to this point of his career and even entered this year with more mobility and athleticism than he’s had since he showcased in his 20’s. If he can keep that up and continue playing like he has so far this year, Arizona can confidently spend draft picks on retooling their defense and try to build a legit Super Bowl contender.
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