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Report: Arizona Cardinals considering trade for Raiders' Carson Palmer

Carson Palmer is set to make $13 million next season after posting an 85.3 quarterback rating in 2012. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) Carson Palmer is set to make $13 million next season after posting an 85.3 quarterback rating in 2012. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The Oakland Raiders' potential trade for Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn could set the NFL quarterback carousel in motion.

If Oakland finds its man in Flynn, the Arizona Cardinals could put together a deal for current Raiders QB Carson Palmer, azcentral.com's Kent Somers is reporting.

Like the Flynn trade -- which the Seattle Times reported on Friday is close to occurring -- any trade for Palmer would only be completed if he restructures his contract to take a pay cut from the $13 million he is owed next season, according to Somers.

The Cardinals would only agree to a trade if it costs them late-round draft picks, possibly conditional on how Palmer plays, Somers reports. They could also wait to see if the Raiders release him so they could simply sign him as a free agent.

From Somers' report:

Palmer could refuse and a proposed trade would be off. That would make sense from Palmer’s perspective. It would force the Raiders to release him and Palmer would then be free to pick his next employer. He probably would prefer a team that appears closer to making the playoffs than the Cardinals.
Palmer, 33, threw 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions for the 4-12 Raiders last season. Arizona's current quarterback crop includes Drew Stanton, Ryan Lindley and John Skelton.

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