Last week, Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said he doesn’t feel the team needs to draft a quarterback in April’s NFL Draft.
Funny how things can change over a matter of days.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, general manager Steve Keim and assistant head coach Tom Moore are in Raleigh, N.C., to workout former North Carolina State quarterback Mike Glennon.
Schefter says the workout will take place sometime on Tuesday.
Arians and Tom Moore are eager to get their vertical passing game going, and having a young, strong arm like Glennon’s might be just what they need, if Glennon impresses Keim and Moore enough to stay on the team’s radar until late April.
Keim is an N.C. State alum. He played left guard (and was quite a good one at that, starting 36 straight games at one point in his career).
After a brief run in the NFL and the Canadian Football League, he returned to the Wolfpack and served as assistant strength and conditioning coach.
Keim continues to keep tabs on his alma mater, and for him to take a trip back to Raleigh with Moore to see Glennon up close is the very definition of “due diligence,” as the Cardinals search for the best quarterback they can find for their system.
In other news surrounding quarterbacks, there’s reports that the Raiders will release quarterback Carson Palmer, if they can’t restructure his contract.
Palmer is due $13 million in 2013, and would be a $15 million cap hit for Oakland, so you can see why they want to redo his contract.
If both sides can’t come to an understanding and a new deal, Palmer will be on the open market.
The question is: should the Cardinals roll the dice and take a chance on Palmer?
Despite being on the backside of his career, Palmer threw for 4,018 yards and 22 touchdowns last season. Palmer hadn’t thrown for 4,000+ yards since 2007.
It wouldn’t hurt for the Cardinals to kick the tires and see if Palmer has enough left in the tank for them for a season or two, if he’d last that long.
It’s quite safe to say he wouldn’t make $13 million with Arizona, that’s for sure. Look at Arizona’s recent track record with free-agents. They aren’t in the business of throwing out money to players.