How Carson Palmer joining the Arizona Cardinals impacts the Rams

This is Carson's future against the Rams - Ezra Shaw

How does the Cardinals' addition of Carson Palmer chance the NFC West landscape?

Earlier this week, the Arizona Cardinals traded for Carson Palmer only giving up a sixth round pick this season and a conditional seventh round choice in 2014. Not a bad deal for a starting caliber quarterback. The Raiders lost out on this deal. Palmer didn't want to take a pay cut, but the Raiders should have held on to him, for at least another season.

Now one team's loss is another team's gain. Reviews are mixed on how good of a player Palmer is at this stage in his career. He is a better quarterback than Kevin Kolb and any other QB that's been on the Cardinals' roster since Kurt Warner.

Now how does this impact the Rams? There is the fact that Larry Fitzgerald might actually have catchable balls thrown to him this season. The Cardinals can turn their attention to the offensive line, instead of the Cardinals choosing between quarterback or offensive line in the draft. If they want another signal caller, they can easily wait until the later rounds or even hold off for another year.

I could see the Cardinals drafting an offensive lineman in the first round. That hurts because that player would either be offensive tackle Lane Johnson or even Alabama guard Chance Warmack, both players who could be of interest to the Rams.


Now, the Rams' potential choices get even murkier with less than a month until the draft.

So what do you think? Does Palmer strike fear into your hearts? Or is he just another player for Chris Long and Robert Quinn to terrorize? Let us know.

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