The Arizona Cardinals acquired quarterback Carson Palmer from the Oakland Raiders, then the parties agreed on a two-year contract that could pay him up to $20 million.
TEMPE, Ariz. — Carson Palmer has landed with the third team of his pro career.
First Cincinnati, then Oakland and, as of Tuesday, Arizona — not exactly a trio of powerhouses.
But Palmer and first-year coach Bruce Arians insist the quarterback is coming to a Cardinals team built to win soon, despite the fact it lost 11 of its last 12 a season ago.
Arizona acquired Palmer from the Oakland Raiders, then the parties agreed on a two-year contract that could pay him up to $20 million, with $10 million guaranteed.
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“I’ve got a lot of tread left on my tires,” the 33-year-old Palmer said.
Ever since Arians was hired to replace fired Ken Whisenhunt, quarterback was the prime issue.
“I’m here to introduce our starting quarterback and put it to bed,” Arians said at a news conference, “and I’m really happy about it.”
The Cardinals gave up a conditional seventh-round 2014 draft pick and swapped the second of their two sixth-rounders this year for Oakland’s seventh-round pick.
“This was a no-brainer,” Michael Bidwill, Cardinals president, said of pursuing Palmer.
Palmer, who won the Heisman Trophy in 2002 at USC, was to make $13 million this year but reworked his contract.
“I’ve only got a couple of shots left,” he said.
Palmer passed for 4,018 yards with Oakland last season, but the team was 4-11 in the games he played. He had 22 touchdown passes and was intercepted 14 times.
Last season, Arizona had four starting quarterbacks — John Skelton, Kevin Kolb, Ryan Lindley and Brian Hoyer. They combined to throw for 3,383 yards, with 11 touchdowns and 21 interceptions in an offense that ranked last in the league.
SAN FRANCISCO — Free-agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha reached agreement on a one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers that could pay him as much as $3 million.
Asomugha, 31, was a two-time All-Pro with Oakland before signing a $60 million, five-year contract with Philadelphia in 2011. But he was released by the Eagles last month after two disappointing seasons.
A college standout at California, Asomugha has a base package of $1.35 million and could earn $1.65 million more in incentives.