Larry Fitzgerald hopes to move forward with Palmer
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has been one of the game’s most tragic stars. After Kurt Warner retired in 2009, the Cardinals have failed to find an adequate replacement at the quarterback position.
After the Cardinals made a deal to acquire Carson Palmer from the Oakland Raiders, Fitzgerald is probably in the best quarterbacking situation since Warner left. Fitzgerald, who will be 30 at the start of the season, is ready to move past that troublesome time and start contending for titles, says Dan Hanzus of NFL Around the League.
“I’m coming off the most disappointing season of my career and I’m in ‘prove it’ mode,” Fitzgerald told Darren Urban of the Cardinals’ team site on Tuesday. “Anyone who can come to our team and help us reclaim the division, I’m all for.”
According to Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, Fitzgerald is happy with the acquisition of Palmer.
Source close to Fitzgerald told me, “He thinks this was the best option for the team to be competitive. He’s really happy.”
— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) April 2, 2013
Statistically, Palmer made the best of a bad situation in Oakland, throwing for 4,018 yards with a 61.1 completion percentage, 22 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. But he didn’t help the Raiders win games, as evidenced by his pedestrian 44.7 Total QBR and Oakland’s 4-12 record.
In Arizona, Palmer will be an upgrade – as long as they can keep him healthy. The Cardinal’s disastrous offensive line was the reason for their demise last year. The team went 4-0 with Kevin Kolb, including wins over contenders like Seattle and New England. Adding a franchise left tackle like Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher or Oklahoma’s Lane Johnson at the 7th overall pick seems to be the new direction for the Cardinals at the 2013 draft. Still, don’t count Arizona out from drafting a quarterback in the second or third round such as North Carolina State product Mike Glennon or Tennessee product Tyler Bray. Both have the strong arms to thrive in Bruce Arians’ offense, but need the time to hone some of the finer points of playing the quarterback position.
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