Arizona Cardinals have begun the 2014 NFL season tremendously well after a 4-1 start has seen them hit top spot in the highly competitive NFC West. And it looks like the early season form of the Cardinals will see their star quarterback Carson Palmer rewarded with a new contract, according to reports.
Even though Palmer has only started two games this season, in those two games it was clear the Cardinals were better off than when back-up quarterback Drew Stanton took the reigns following the 34-year-old's shoulder injury that kept him out for three weeks.
Palmer, a former star signal caller for the Cincinnati Bengals for eight seasons, looks set to pick up a new deal sooner rather than later, with Cardinals' general manager Steve Keim revealing that they are currently in discussions with Palmer's agent.
"I won't get into specific points of the negotiations but we've had some dialogue with Dave Dunn," Keim said, according to The Arizona Republic, NFL.com reported. "(Palmer) has done a great job for us."
Under Palmer's steady leadership, Arizona Cardinals surprised many by finishing 2013 with a 10-6 record, beating eventual Super Bowl champions Seattle Seahawks on the road also.
But despite missing out on the playoffs last season, this year has been a different story with the Cardinals leading the way in the NFC East. Palmer has not performed spectacularly for Arizona, but he doesn't need to with the strength of their defense.
Palmer has completed an impressive 63.4 percent of his passes for 28 touchdowns, though the two-time Pro-Bowler has thrown a slightly disappointing 22 interceptions in 18 starts.
Deal about to expire
But Palmer has been solid enough for the Cardinals and head coach Bruce Arians, with Arizona desperate to extend Palmer's contract beyond its current early 2015 expiry date.
Despite not setting the NFL alight with the Cardinals, it's easy to understand why Arians wants Palmer to stick around for another season. Drew Stanton didn't quite cut during his time starting, and it's Palmer's assurance and ability to link up better with star receiver Larry Fitzgerald that is likely to have made Arians want to give Palmer another year at least.
Such is the talent of Arizona's running game and their defense, Arizona don't need a spectacular quarterback, and Palmer's stats of 545 passing yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions through two games this season is certainly what Arians and Cards' fans will want more of for the rest of Palmer's time in Arizona.