5 absolute best trades in the history of the Arizona Cardinals

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Carson Palmer
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Carson Palmer – QB (2013)

Carson Palmer initially retired after he was so fed up with the Cincinnati Bengals before unretiring and playing two forgettable seasons with the Raiders when the Bengals ultimately traded him away.

In Oakland, he posted an 8-16 record and never lived to expectations. The Raiders were so impressed, they traded Palmer to the Cardinals, where he became one of the winningest quarterbacks in team history.

During his five seasons in the desert, Palmer posted a 38-21-1 record. In 2015, he led the Cardinals to a 13-3 season and its second trip to the NFC Championship. He posted several career-highs that season, with 8.7 yards per pass attempt, 13.7 yards per completion, a 76.4 QBR, and four game-winning drives.

While age struck Palmer in 2016 and 2017, he spent his best seasons as an Arizona Cardinal. Palmer may have played for the Cincinnati Bengals longer, but given his turbulence with the franchise, it’s safe to say he’s a Cardinal for life.