As the Raiders weigh their options with what to with Carson Palmer and his 13 million dollars owed to him this year we fans in the NFC should keep a cautious eye on the situation. If the Raiders decide that this is the year of the tank and decide to cut Palmer many are already predicting Arizona Cardinals will be the first ones picking up their phones to inquire for Carson's services. I don't think anyone believes AZ is content with their current QB situation, and unless a certain West Virginia star has them enamored, Palmer could be a cheap and viable option to help them compete in a division that can't stop improving. Considering the Raiders will still receive a 9 million dollar cap hit (I think) if they cut Palmer, he will likely be happy to accept a deal below market value and could allow Arizona to make some moves to provide weapons that the Raiders couldn't dream of.
First they already have Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd. That could be enough right there to entice Carson, but with their first round pick freed up from burden of finding a franchise QB a top OL prospect would be the logical choice. Next they could use the draft to grab a RB or a TE, but I see TE as the more likely choice. If they could grab Jordan Reed or Gavin Escobar I think theyd be content to let them develop along side an aging Todd Heap. The last position that would need to be addressed would be RB, and while there are a few draft prospects that could interest them, if they really wanted to make some noise in an already rambunctious NFC west they could come knocking on the Raiders door to continue to the pillaging that has been this off season in Oakland. IF they are releasing Palmer run DMC may very well be another player that is expendable to the franchise. Bringing a familiar face to help Palmer transition into the Cardinal offense could help this team compete from game one and McFadden would likely not command to high of a price. Perhaps a 5th this year and a future 3rd? I don't know the value of DMC around the league but with his injury history I can't imagine it's too high.
These moves would make AZ's offense pretty scary, and with Peterson, Dockett and Cambell leading their defense they would seem poised to compete with the Rams for third if not higher if things start clicking early. They won't have a superior team to any other team in the West but it would certainly increase the competition in the division already considered the strongest around. If the Raiders decide Palmer is not worth the price this could be one hell of a year.