The Oakland Raiders appear poised to deal quarterback Carson Palmer to the Arizona Cardinals after completing a deal to acquire Matt Flynn from the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, and all sides are beginning to take the necessary steps to make the potential deal a reality.
Palmer visited the Cardinals in Phoenix on Monday night to meet with the team executives and familiarize himself with the organization.
Per Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic:
Carson Palmer was in Arizona Monday night, had dinner with #azcardinals execs.
— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) April 2, 2013
The gesture seems to give every indication that the Cardinals are serious about adding Palmer and taking the $13 million salary for 2013 off of the Raiders hands. Of course, for Palmer to join the Cardinals, he would have to be willing to take a pay cut. There have been rumblings that Palmer’s 2013 salary for the Cardinals could fall in the $6 to $8 million per year range.
For the Cardinals to acquire Palmer, they would need to part ways with a late-round pick.
Palmer put up some impressive numbers last season in a lackluster Raiders offense, so the move could end up working out for the Cardinals who have been searching for a reliable signal-caller since Kurt Warner hung up his cleats.