Carson Palmer is headed to the Cardinals. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Carson Palmer is headed to the Arizona Cardinals, according to a tweet Tuesday afternoon from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The Oakland Raiders have traded the quarterback in exchange for a conditional seventh round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, if Palmer starts 13 games next season.
The news comes less than 24 hours after Palmer was seen dining with Cardinals personnel Monday evening, according to an ESPN report. The team had also released John Skelton on Monday, a quarterback who had started 17 games for the team over the past three seasons.
Drew Stanton was expected to have the starting job in Arizona after he signed with the Cardinals in March, but it appears now that the nod will go to the 33-year-old Palmer, who was slated to make $13 million next season. According to a tweet from CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, Palmer's new deal is for $16 million over two years, with $10 million of it guaranteed and $4 million more that can be earned through incentives.
Palmer started 15 games for the Raiders last season, recording 4,018 yards, 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.