Cardinals acquire QB Palmer from Raiders

TEMPE, ARIZ. (AP) - Carson Palmer has landed with the third team of his NFL career.

First Cincinnati, then Oakland and now Arizona, it’s not exactly a `Who’s Who’ of NFL powerhouses.

But Palmer and his new coach insist that he’s coming to a Cardinals team built to win now, despite the fact it lost 11 of its last 12 a season ago.

The Arizona Cardinals acquired Palmer from the Oakland Raiders, then agreed to a two-year contract that could pay him up to $20 million with $10 million guaranteed.

“I’ve got a lot of tread left on my tires,” the 33-year-old quarterback promised.

Ever since Bruce Arians was hired to replace the fired Ken Whisenhunt, quarterback was the No. 1 topic of conversation.

“I’m here to introduce our starting quarterback and put it to bed,” Arians said at a news conference on Tuesday, “and I’m really happy about it.”

The Cardinals gave up a conditional seventh-round 2014 draft pick and swapped the second of their two sixth-round picks this year for Oakland’s seventh-round selection.

“This was a no-brainer,” Cardinals President Michael Bidwill said. “When we learned that he would be available via trade and that we had a shot at getting him, we were aggressive. We went out there, we put our best foot forward and made sure that we got the deal done. It dragged on a little over the weekend but this morning we made sure we pushed it over the goal line and got it done.”

Palmer was to make $13 million under his old Raiders contract but reworked it to come to the desert.

“I’ve only got a couple of shots left,” he said. “I’ve been in this league for a long time. It’s nothing personal, it’s not statistical, it’s about trying to win a championship.”

If Palmer starts at least 13 games next season, Oakland gets Arizona’s 2014 seventh-round pick. If he doesn’t, the Cardinals owe the Raiders nothing.

But at least the Raiders have the prospect of getting something for the quarterback rather than just releasing him. Oakland acquired quarterback Matt Flynn on Monday in a deal that sent two draft picks to the Seahawks.

Palmer is 54-67 as a starter. He was 4-11 with Oakland last season.

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.

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