Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer is 34. He just turned 34 in week 17 of the 2013 NFL season. Yesterday Cards head coach Bruce Arians said he thought Palmer could play till he was 36 or 37. If you take that to heart, that means another 2-3 years. That would seem to coincide with the idea of drafting a quarterback this year or next to groom to replace Palmer eventually.
What it also means is Arians and the Cards expect Palmer to be here for a couple more year. It’s what I’ve said should happen. Yes, you’re going to have to live with the interceptions. We all will. However Palmer was the first quarterback since Kurt Warner to help his Cards team win 10 games. Yes the defense was a big player in all of this, however even in Palmer’s worst games and the defense’s best games, it still took plays from Palmer to help win.
Point in case take the Seattle game in December. He threw four interceptions. It drove us all nuts, even the biggest supporters were tearing their hair out. The defense kept the Cards in the game no doubt. It was Palmer’s drives and his fourth quarter touchdown pass to Michael Floyd though that capped the win. Palmer will never be a guy that people constantly praise and will never blow you away talent wise but the man is a competitor and helps his team win. I’m good with that over the next couple of seasons. If it’s good enough for Arians and the Cards front office, it should definitely be good for the rest of us.