TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals have acquired quarterback Carson Palmer from the Oakland Raiders.
The Cardinals gave up a conditional 2014 draft pick and swapped one of their sixth-round picks this year for Oakland’s seventh-round selection.
Palmer reworked his contract as part of his move to the desert, agreeing to a two-year deal worth up to $20 million, with $10 million guaranteed.
New Arizona coach Bruce Arians gets a starting quarterback at a bargain basement price.
But at least the Raiders were able to get something for the quarterback rather than just release him. Oakland acquired quarterback Matt Flynn on Monday in a deal that sent two draft picks to the Seahawks.
The 33-year-old Palmer put up big numbers with the Raiders last season but the production didn’t translate into sufficient wins.
In 15 games in 2012, Palmer threw for 4,018 yards, becoming the second quarterback in Raiders history to throw for more than 4,000 yards in a season. He threw for 22 touchdowns with 14 interceptions.
His abilities fit the “throw long downfield” philosophy of Arians, who inherited a team with a woeful situation at quarterback.
Last year, Arizona had four starting quarterbacks — John Skelton, Kevin Kolb, Ryan Lindley and Brian Hoyer. They combined to throw for 3,383 yards with 11 touchdowns and 21 interceptions and a quarterback rating of 63.1 in an offense that ranked last in the NFL. The Arizona quarterbacks were sacked 58 times in 608 pass attempts. By contrast, Palmer was sacked 28 times last year in 585 throws.
Flynn eager for new beginning in Oakland
ALAMEDA, Calif. — Going from a playoff contending team in Seattle to the rebuilding project in Oakland doesn’t seem to bother Matt Flynn much.
If anything, the Raiders’ new quarterback is embracing his new surroundings — and his new role.
With Carson Palmer having been traded to Arizona in a deal that was completed Tuesday, Flynn is expected to be Oakland’s starter next season after spending his first five seasons in the NFL as a backup. He’ll have to beat out Terrelle Pryor for the job in training camp.