ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Carson Palmer is “highly unlikely” to accept a pay cut, which means that the Raiders are faced with a decision to either pay him $13 million for the upcoming season or cut him loose.
There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding the idea of Oakland taking Geno Smith at No. 3 overall, which seems like possibility if they end up parting ways Palmer.
Multiple reports have mentioned Arizona as potential landing spot should he become available.
Somers adds that the Cardinals don’t appear to be targeting a quarterback in the first-round, but could look to add someone later in the draft.
“I think all speculators look at need and not the draft board,” said Head Coach Bruce Arians. If you draft for need, you’re in trouble. Just because you need one you don’t take one. If there’s a better player there who’s going to help your football team. If there’s a quarterback who fits the spot in the draft that you put him at, that fits the value, then you take one.”
Arizona signed Drew Stanton a few weeks ago with the intention of allowing him to compete for the starting job. Palmer could be a good fit in Arians’ offense, but their offensive line would really need to holdup next season if Carson is indeed under center.
Previous reports tossed out North Carolina State QB Mike Glennon as a possible mid-round target for the Cardinals.
Palmer, 33, graded out as the No. 19 quarterback in the league, according to Pro Football Focus. He was able to improve his play last season after coming out of retirement mid-year following a trade to Oakland.