Carson Palmer inks three-year extension with Cardinals

TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals and quarterback Carson Palmer came to terms on a three-year contract extension on Friday, which keeps Palmer and the Cardinals together through 2017.

Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but ESPN’s Chris Mortensen says its in the $15.9-$16.6 million range per season, with $20.5 million of it guaranteed through 2015.

“Carson has played at an incredibly high level and has been a huge part of the team’s success,” Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said. “When you combine his on-field performance with the leadership, stability and professionalism he brings to our team, there was no question that we wanted to extend the relationship and we are excited he felt the same way.”

Palmer came to the Cardinals last season via trade with the Oakland Raiders. In his season and a half with Arizona, Palmer is 15-6 in 21 starts. That’s the best record for a modern-era Cardinals quarterback through his first 21 starts.

Last season, Palmer threw for a career-high 4,274 yards, becoming the first player in NFL history to throw for 4,000+ yards with three different teams. He threw for 4,000 yards twice with the Bengals [2006, ’07] and once with the Raiders [2012].

Palmer is 12-2 in his last 14 games dating back to Week Eight of the 2013 season. No quarterback in the league has a better winning percentage [.857] in that time span. In those 15 games, Palmer’s thrown for 3,918 yards, 27 touchdowns, 11 interceptions and a 97.5 passer rating. This season, Palmer is 5-0 with 11 touchdowns and two interceptions and a passer rating of 99.3.

Palmer’s started 142 games in his career. He’s completed 62.5-percent of his passes [3,046-4,870] for 35,124 yards, 224 touchdowns, 154 interceptions and an 86.4 passer rating.


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