Cardinals Keep QB Carson Palmer on 3-Year Deal
The Arizona Cardinals finally have true stability at the quarterback position and they don’t want to lose it. Per reports, the team has made sure they’ll be consistent under center for the next few years, as they locked up starting quarterback Carson Palmer.
The three-year deal is worth roughly $50 million and will keep the soon-to-be 35-year old Palmer in the desert through the 2017 NFL season.
It’s a somewhat risky investment given Palmer’s age and the fact that he already showed slight signs of breaking down earlier in the year after missing three games with a nerve issue in his shoulder. While that might be the case, the Cardinals clearly fear the risk of losing Palmer and not having stability at the most important position than risk losing him to natural regression or another freak injury.
On top of that, Palmer has fit comfortably in head coach Bruce Arians’ system and has arguably been enjoying his best season of his career. Palmer has led the Cardinals to a league best 7-1 record and a first place spot atop the brutal NFC West.
During this stellar 2014 journey, Palmer has completed over 61% of his passes while putting up 11 touchdowns to just two interceptions. Should Palmer continue this steady output, he could have his best season to date and have the Cardinals back in the playoffs.
A year after going 10-6 and narrowly missing the playoffs, Arizona’s brass sees it has a competent quarterback under center for the first time since Kurt Warner retired, and they’re not letting him get away in free agency.
Naturally, Palmer already gives a good Cardinals team a solid chance at making the playoffs and possibly even competing for a title this year. However, keeping him in town could also potentially have the Cards’ as legit Super Bowl contenders for the next few years, as well.
Even better, regardless of how well Palmer and the Cardinals do this year or throughout the rest of his new deal, the Cardinals can continue to groom talented young passers behind him. The team already has a potential gem in Logan Thomas they can focus on building up, while Palmer’s three-year deal hypothetically gives them a three-year window to find the next franchise quarterback in Arizona.
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