Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 4/1/13
According to a USA Today report, the Cardinals are in the process of finalizing a deal to acquire quarterback Carson Palmer from the Raiders. The newspaper cited a source who indicated that the Cards would be giving up only a late-round draft pick as well as a swap of picks in another late round. Also as part of the deal, Palmer would agree to a reduction of his salary for the upcoming season from 13 million to 8 million. The 33-year-old Palmer, already considered a potential cap casualty because of his contract, became expendable when Oakland acquired Seattle backup Matt Flynn earlier Monday. His salary was considered the stumbling block to a deal getting done, but with an agreement in place, the 33-year-old is on his way to the desert to become the presumptive starter for a franchise that has been lacking quality quarterback play since Kurt Warner's retirement after the 2009 season. Since releasing Kevin Kolb (in large part due to the inability to restructure a contract that would have paid him 11 million this season), the Cardinals have added only veteran Drew Stanton, a backup with the Colts under new coach Bruce Arians last year who hasn't thrown a pass in the past two seasons and has just five touchdown passes and nine interceptions in his six-year career. Arians had all but named Stanton the starter going into voluntary workouts but had left open the possibility that the Cardinals could acquire another quarterback, either through trade, free agency or the draft. Palmer, the 2002 Heisman Trophy winner at USC and top overall pick in the '03 draft who spent his first seven seasons with the Bengals, completed 61.1 percent of his passes for 4,018 yards with 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions last year as the Raiders went 4-12. USA Today reported that Palmer's restructured deal with the Cardinals will also include incentives that would allow him the possibility of earning back some of the money lost when he agreed to a pay cut.
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