The Arizona Cardinals have a new quarterback. He owns the best resume since Kurt Warner. At 33 years of age, Carson Palmer still has a lot left in the tank.
“I’ve got a lot of tread left on my tires,” the former Oakland Raiders signal-caller said at a news conference yesterday, per azcentral.com.”I’ve only got a couple of shots left. 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.”
That’s what counts – a chance to win a championship. With a new head coach (Bruce Arians), a new general manager (Steve Keim), 11 free agents signed and the NFL Draft upcoming in a couple weeks, the Red Birds are on the fast track of wiping out the memory of a dismal 5-11 campaign in 2012.
“It’s not a rebuilding process,” Palmer said of the Red Birds. “It’s not ‘We think we’re going to be pretty good in a couple of years.’ They want to win now and at the point I’m at in my career, I want to win now, too. I don’t have years to build and get better, I’ve got to be ready to play in Week 1.”
There is no time like the present. NFL teams can be in the basement one season and in the penthouse the next. Why can’t the Cardinals be one of those squads? Palmer was pretty effective last season – he tossed 22 touchdown passes for the 4-12 Raiders.
“We are not in that [rebuilding] stage,” Arians explained. “This is too good of a football team for a youth movement. We’re in it to win and win now.”
That’s music to the ears of Cardinals fans.
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