Carson Palmer is close to being traded to the Arizona Cardinals, according to CBS Sports’ Jason LaCanfora. The Cardinals, along with the 49ers, are on Palmer’s preferred list of destinations.
The Raiders are nearing a deal to acquire Matt Flynn from the Seahawks, which would result in them getting rid of Palmer in some way if he refuses to restructure his deal. Since he is still under contract, they can trade him and get something in return.
The veteran quarterback was traded to the Raiders midway through the 2011 season after an injury to Jason Campbell. Since then Palmer has been the starter for the Silver and Black.
In 15 games last season, he threw for over 4,000 yards, 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions with a quarterback rating of 85.3. Palmer was severely handicapped, as injuries hampered most of his offensive weapons downfield, his running back, and his offensive line.