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Carson Palmer rumors: Raiders QB reportedly prefers Arizona, Cardinals seeking trade

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Arizona apparently is not willing to wait for the imminent release after the Matt Flynn trade goes through.

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The Arizona Cardinals have reportedly decided that Carson Palmer would make a good option for their quarterback situation. The team is reportedly inquiring about a deal that would bring Palmer to Arizona, rather than wait for what is his likely release.

Palmer is due $13 million this next season and the Raiders do not want to pay him that much. They would like to restructure that deal, but Palmer is unwilling. He is unhappy with the situation in Oakland and is using his leverage to either get paid what he is due or have the freedom to be able to choose his next team.

Palmer is said to want to stay on the West Coast and is even willing to be backup for a team that could win. According to a report for USA Today, Palmer has expressed a preference of the Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers.

All of this would depend on a trade that the Raiders would have with the Seattle Seahawks to acquire Matt Flynn.

According to XTRA 910's Mike Jurecki, any deal the Cards make would be for late conditional draft picks and that Palmer would have to be willing to redo his contract.

Now, if Palmer's release is imminent, why would the Cards trade for him? It would seem that he is going to be released. Now, why not wait until he is cut? Because then there will be competition for Palmer.

Acquiring Palmer would also say something about the NFL Draft. What that would signal is that is that on Day 1 of the draft, don't expect a quarterback to be taken.

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