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Saturday, August 6, 2016, 5:34pm
The news that both Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald received one-year extensions was certainly noteworthy, especially when it comes to Fitzgerald.
Yes, Fitz could still decide to walk away after the season and retire. But I don’t think that’s likely now that he’s agreed to another year. No longer will he be a free agent, and I just don’t see him choosing to walk away. I could be wrong — and if the Cardinals were to win a Super Bowl, I’d guess the temptation would be there — but if Fitz comes anywhere close to posting similar numbers as last year while the team can win, I’d guess he fulfills the 2017 portion of his deal.
— As for Palmer, Bruce Arians was blunt: “I don’t think anything changes other than he’s got another year.” Palmer was going to be around.
— Kent Somers reported the move doesn’t have an impact on the salary cap. Which again would revert back to the roster certainty the Cards get out of these moves as a reason to do them.
As we stated yesterday, what it does do with both is create a roster certainty for next season, important on a team that still has a number of key free agents-to-be and seems to be at its peak in terms of challenging for a Super Bowl. Michael Floyd will be a free agent and figures to command big dollars. If the Cardinals lose him, at least they know they (probably) still have Fitz to anchor the receiving corps.
Posted by Bob Harris
Saturday, July 2, 2016 - 12:39am
Carson Palmer played at least 15 games for the third time in four seasons in 2015, starting every game while throwing for 4,671 yards, 35 touchdowns. He also greatly improving his decision-making while throwing only 11 interceptions -- his fewest in a full season in his career, with the next best being 12 back in 2005. Palmer is in full command of the Cardinals offense. More importantly, he has Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, John Brown, Jaron Brown and J.J. Nelson. David Johnson also provides additional receiving firepower out of the backfield. With the offensive line set to improve with veteran Evan Mathis stepping in at right guard to help mentor first-year starting tackle D.J. Humphries, Palmer is sitting in the catbird's seat. He threw for 300-plus yards nine times last season, 265-plus four more and had multiple touchdowns 11 times while throwing more than one pick just once.
It's fair to wonder if Palmer will overcome the setback of a ghastly six-turnover performance in the Cardinals NFC Championship Game loss. Will Palmer's postseason failures continue to haunt him? Or will the 36-year-old quarterback bounce back as the leader of a stacked roster?
2016 Bottom Line
Yes. I'm reaching on the downside, because I don't really think there's much to the questions posed (and neither does head coach Bruce Arians). "He'll come back with more vengeance than before the injury," Arians said. With a strong supporting cast, there's no reason to believe Palmer won't continue playing at a similar level in 2016 to what we saw in 2015.
2016 Strength of Schedule - ARI
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2015 Game Stats
|Per game||21.38||33.63||291.94||2.19||0.69||8.68||13.66||1.56||1.50||0.06||0.13||0.96||65.00/69.00||93.24% |