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Carson Palmer | Quarterback

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (35) / 12/27/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 235
College: USC
Contract: view contract details

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The Cardinals could ask Carson Palmer to restructure his contract.
Palmer currently has a $14.5 million cap hit. He's due a $9.5M roster bonus in March that will likely be converted to a signing bonus. The Cardinals would free up around $7 million by restructuring Palmer. Feb 25 - 6:21 PM

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Carson Palmer (ACL) tells ESPN's Ed Werder that he's "feeling great," and expects to "be involved" in June's minicamp.

Palmer is the early frontrunner for the offseason's rosiest injury reports. He continues to insist that he's ahead of schedule, and apparently has no doubt that he'll be ready for training camp. Now 35, Palmer is still only three months removed from blowing out his left knee. Setbacks remain possible, but for now at least, participating in training camp appears realistic.
Feb 17 - 3:23 PM

Carson Palmer (ACL) has resumed running.

Palmer blew out his left knee for the second time in November. The first time he suffered the tear (2005), he needed just nine months of rehab before being ready for Week 1 of 2006 -- and that was a far more complicated injury. The Cardinals continue to say Palmer is ahead of schedule this time around and fully expect him to be ready for training camp.
Feb 17 - 9:51 AM

Speaking in a Thursday radio interview, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Carson Palmer (ACL, meniscus) is "ahead of schedule," and should be ready for June's mandatory minicamp.

Arians even said he "wouldn't put it past" Palmer to be ready for OTAs, but that's pure fantasy for a 35-year-old quarterback who just tore up his knee in November. Teams and players are often wildly optimistic about injury timelines in January before getting a more realistic picture in the spring. For now, we'll consider Palmer likely to be ready for training camp.
Jan 20 - 6:17 PM

Carson Palmer also had his meniscus repaired during Tuesday's knee surgery.

According to Dr. David Chao, most NFL athletes choose to "trim" the meniscus rather than repair it. Trimming it means a quicker recovery. Repairing it comes with a longer recovery, but is better for the long-term knee health. Coach Bruce Arians said he hopes to have Palmer back for the start of training camp.
Wed, Nov 19, 2014 09:04:00 AM

Carson Palmer is scheduled to undergo ACL surgery Tuesday.

Palmer did not sustain any damage to his MCL, so his swelling has gone down and he's ready to under the knife. It's a tiny silver lining as he looks to 2015. Palmer has a legit chance to be back at practice when training camp opens.
Mon, Nov 17, 2014 12:47:00 PM

Cardinals placed QB Carson Palmer on injured reserve with a torn left ACL, ending his season.

If there's good news, it's that Palmer avoided other damage. Torn MCLs can often delay ACL surgery. The Cards expect Palmer to be ready by June or July, and to be their Week 1 2015 starter. That's all good and well, but Palmer will be a statue-esque, 35-year-old quarterback coming off his second catastrophic left-knee injury. There's no guarantee his rehab will be smooth. Had Palmer not just signed a three-year extension that guaranteed him $10.5 million for 2015, he likely would have considered retirement. Palmer has always been philosophical about his football career. Palmer's 2014 fill-in Drew Stanton has completed just 53.6 percent of his 93 passes. Despite Arizona's 2-1 record with Stanton as starter, it's a significant downgrade for the 8-1 division leaders.
Mon, Nov 10, 2014 02:13:00 PM

The Cardinals believe Carson Palmer tore his left ACL in Sunday's Week 10 win over the Rams.

Palmer will have further testing Monday to confirm the diagnosis, but multiple outlets are reporting the ligament tear. It's a devastating blow to a 8-1 team that will now have to turn to Drew Stanton. Palmer, 34, was immobile but was operating Bruce Arians' vertical passing scheme well and just signed a three-year, $50M contract extension this week. An ACL tear would, of course, end Palmer's season. He previously tore the ACL and MCL in the same knee nine years ago.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 07:36:00 PM

Carson Palmer exited Week 10 against the Rams with a left knee injury.

Palmer took a weird sack where he wasn't really touched on the play aside from his jersey being grazed near his shoulder. His leg gave out in non-contact fashion. Palmer walked off under his own power, but his knee ended up giving out on the sideline before he was eventually carted to the locker room. Prior to exiting, Palmer completed 25-of-36 passes for 241 yards, zero touchdowns, and one interception. He was playing much better than the stat line suggests, drilling throws all over the field. Fresh off signing a three-year, $50 million extension, a significant knee injury would be devastating. Drew Stanton is in at quarterback.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 06:47:00 PM

Cardinals signed Carson Palmer to a three-year, $50 million extension.

The deal is worth $16 million in average annual value, but none of the money is guaranteed beyond 2015. The Cardinals are committing to Palmer for at least one more year, and will have a "pay-as-you-go" option for the final two seasons. Palmer has been effective in Bruce Arians' system, with a 25:10 TD-INT ratio over his last 13 games. The new contract will keep him in Arizona for the rest of his career. Palmer turns 35 next month.
Fri, Nov 7, 2014 05:31:00 PM reports the "signs are currently pointing to" Carson Palmer signing a contract extension "in the very near future."

Palmer turns 35 in late December and is technically under contract through the 2015 season, but his deal voids five days after Super Bowl 49. After a slow start in Bruce Arians' system last season, Palmer has rebounded to throw multiple TD passes in 10 of his last 13 games, with a combined 25:10 TD-INT ratio over that span. We suspect the Cardinals would settle on a three- or four-year deal with Palmer worth in the range of $15 million per season.
Fri, Nov 7, 2014 03:09:00 PM

Carson Palmer completed 22-of-34 passes for 249 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Arizona's 28-17, Week 9 win over the Cowboys.

Palmer got off to a slow start, capping Arizona's opening drive with a dreadful throw that UDFA Tyler Patmon housed for a pick six. He quickly settled in, however, and could have had a bigger day if not for 4-5 drops by his pass catchers. Having appeared in five of Arizona's first eight games, Palmer is on pace for 3,601 yards and 29 touchdowns. He'll remain in the QB1 conversation for next week's game against the Rams.
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 04:01:00 PM

Carson Palmer completed 20-of-42 passes for 329 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in Sunday's Week 8 win over the Eagles.

Palmer benefited from an 80-yard touchdown in which Larry Fitzgerald caught a short pass on a pick play and somehow outran the Eagles defense to the house. Later he dropped a perfect, game-winning 75-yard dime to John Brown with 1:21 left in the game. The shoulder clearly isn't an issue heading into a mediocre matchup at Dallas in Week 9. Palmer will be a borderline QB1.
Sun, Oct 26, 2014 08:07:00 PM

Carson Palmer said coach Bruce Arians' offense is designed to spread the ball around.

"I've been in offenses where the majority of the plays are designed to go to one guy," Palmer said. "This system is not designed to go to the 'X' or the 'Z' or the 'Y.' It depends on the coverage." Palmer hit nine different pass catchers against Oakland last week, and connected with 11 and eight different receivers in his first two starts of the season. The emphasis on spreading the ball around has led to disappointing seasons for Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, who are both on pace to fall below their statistical output from last season. Unless something changes, Arizona's offensive philosophy makes Floyd nothing more than an upside WR2, while Fitzgerald is a WR3 moving forward.
Sat, Oct 25, 2014 12:57:00 PM

Coach Bruce Arians says Carson Palmer's shoulder issue is now a thing of the past.

Palmer has resumed lifting weights with his right (throwing) shoulder after not doing so for five weeks. He's been a full-go at practices and said he rarely thinks about the injury anymore. Fully healed, Palmer is certainly in play as a QB1 in a home game against the Eagles' burnable corner duo Sunday. When these two teams played last year, Palmer threw for 301 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in a 24-21 loss at Philly.
Thu, Oct 23, 2014 10:49:00 AM

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Skill Players
QB1Carson Palmer
2Drew Stanton
3Ryan Lindley
4Logan Thomas
RB1Andre Ellington
2Kerwynn Williams
3Stepfan Taylor
4Marion Grice
5Zach Bauman
GLB1Andre Ellington
2Stepfan Taylor
3RB1Andre Ellington
2Stepfan Taylor
FB1Robert Hughes
WR11Larry Fitzgerald
2John Brown
3Ryan Spadola
WR21Michael Floyd
2Jaron Brown
3Brittan Golden
4Travis Harvey
WR31John Brown
TE1Darren Fells
2John Carlson
3Troy Niklas
4Ted Bolser
K1Chandler Catanzaro