Heres the simple reason that Carson Palmer is an Arizona Cardinal. When you have a chance to upgrade the quarterback position, you upgrade the quarterback position.
No player is more important to a teams success, and its not even close. Palmer is an upgrade over Drew Stanton, Brian Hoyer, Ryan Lindley and now-released John Skelton. Again, its not even close.
The fact that the Cards only had to give up a conditional 2014 pick and swap their sixth-round pick in 2013 (176th overall) for Oakland's seventh-round pick (219th) is further cause for celebration. The Cards had two sixth-round picks this season anyway, and when you scan the list of Arizonas sixth-round picks since 2000, only one name gets you excited: David Carter.
The others? Jabari Issa, Bobby Newcombe, Josh Scobey, Tony Gilbert, Reggie Wells, Nick Leckey, Jonathan Lewis, Chris Harrington, Will Davis, Jorrick Calvin, Quan Sturdivant, Justin Bethel and Ryan Lindley.
A source familiar with the contract said Palmers ...