The quarterback position was once again a much talked item about for the Arizona Cardinals during the 2014 season.
Things started off really well. Through the first several weeks of the season, Carson Palmer was putting up some of the best numbers of his career (11 touchdowns and three interceptions). Palmer’s season came to an end however due to a knee injury during Week 10 action against the St. Louis Rams.
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Drew Stanton replaced him and did an adequate job for a couple of games, but he suffered a MCL sprain and a subsequent infection in his knee and was never able to return to game action. We all know how things turned out with Ryan Lindley in the final two games of the regular season and the Cardinals lone postseason game, which was historically bad.
With Palmer coming off a serious knee injury for the second time of his career and having just turned 36 in December, the future of the Cardinals QB situation remains in limbo.
The team did draft Logan Thomas in the third round of the 2014 draft, but no one can say with any certainty that he’s a long-term option. It was a bit concerning that the team didn’t turn to him despite how poorly Lindley played down the stretch.
While this team won’t be a player to address this position in free agency, there’s certainly a chance they could make a trade for a quarterback. One of those guys who could be available is Mike Glennon of the Tampa Bay Bucaneeers.
With the Bucs expected to take either Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston with the first overall section in the draft, they could look to move on from Glennon. PewterReport.com speculated that the Cardinals could be one of the teams interested in acquiring the young quarterback.
Here’s what they had to say.
"Carson Palmer signed a long-term contract extension prior to tearing his ACL last season. That injury derailed the Cardinals’ postseason run as the team was 9-1 prior to his knee injury, and just 2-5 down the stretch, including a playoff loss to Carolina in which Arizona mustered just 77 yards of offense. (Jason) Licht knows general manager Steve Keim and head coach Bruce Arians quite well, having spent two years with the Cardinals before becoming the Bucs G.M., and that relationship could help foster a trade for Glennon, who would be an upgrade over Drew Stanton and Logan Thomas, who appears to be a bust."
They make a good point about the Licht/Keim connection. Licht was with the Cardinals for a couple of seasons and had a good working relationship with Keim, which could help foster a trade between the both sides.
First off, let me start out by saying that I like Glennon. Despite all of the issues that the Bucs have with their roster, he’s thrown for 29 touchdowns and only 15 interceptions in his first two seasons in the NFL, which is good for a veteran much less a youngster finding his way in the league.
More importantly, he would be a good fit for Arians’ system. Glennon is big at 6-foot-7 and 225 pounds and he’s got a big arm, two things that the Cardinals head coach loves.
Even though I like Glennon, I’m not sure what exactly I’d give up for him if I were Keim. . With a number of teams expected to show interest in him, the Bucs can take their time and see how good of an offer they can get for him.
Given how well Glennon has played the past two years, my guess is the Bucs would at least command a third rounder for him. In recent history, the Seattle Seahawks traded a third round selection for Charlie Whitehurst and we all know how well that turned out.
With the number of positions that the Cardinals have to address this offseason and with not a lot of money to spend, I’m not sure if I would give up a third rounder for Glennon. Those picks are so valuable and if you evaluate your selection correctly, you should have a starter at a position of need real soon.
And even though the future for the Cards under center remains uncertain, there’s not exactly a rush to address it this offseason. Yes, Palmer is 36 and coming off a serious injury, but he’s reportedly ahead of schedule to return and determined to keep playing at a high level.
I’m also not ready to completely give up on Thomas quite yet either. There’s no doubt that his rookie season was a rough one, but it’s rough to move on from a guy who has been in the league for only one season and was expected to be a project to begin with.
Plus, I have faith that Arians knows what he’s doing with his quarterbacks given his history.
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