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Carson Palmer ahead of schedule, 'more energized than ever'

There is optimism for the starting QB's rehab.

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardinals are committed to quarterback Carson Palmer in 2015. They signed him to a contract extension last season, only to see him tear his ACL the very next game. His salary is guaranteed for 2015 and he will be the team's starting quarterback.

According to general manager Steve Keim, who was a guest on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, Palmer is doing very well in his rehab.

"He's awesome," Keim said. "He came in, I believe it was yesterday and I talked to him at length, he's more energized than ever and he looked fantastic."

Keim noted Palmer is ahead of schedule with his rehab. Head coach Bruce Arians has said it is possible Palmer could be back in time for OTAs.

Palmer is working hard and Keim noted twice in the interview how Palmer is "more energized than ever."

All last offseason, Palmer was excited about what the team could do offensively. The team won all six games Palmer started in 2014. They ended 11-5 and went to the playoffs, but were eliminated quickly, as they ended the season not only without Palmer, but also without backup QB Drew Stanton.

It is understandable why Palmer would be excited. He was playing some of the best ball of his career before he went down. The bar has been set for 2015, too, and that is the Super Bowl. Palmer still has not won a postseason game in his career. The belief is that there is the talent to do some damage in 2015. Palmer wants to be a part of that.