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Cardinals tab Carson Palmer No. 1 QB

Quarterback Carson Palmer #3 of the Oakland Raiders

Quarterback Carson Palmer #3 of the Oakland Raiders (Credit: Quarterback Carson Palmer #3 of the Oakland Raiders (Getty Images))

The Cardinals introduced Carson Palmer today, and head coach Bruce Arians anointed the former Raiders passer as his starter. 

In fact, the coach went a step further, saying of the Cardinals' situation at the most important position in pro football: "I think our quarterback room is as strong as any in the National Football League."

Hmmm. That room right now includes Palmer, who hasn't done anything since forcing a trade to the Raiders from Cincinnati, and career backups Drew Stanton, Ryan Lindley and Brian Hoyer. 

Arians likes what he sees from his roster. "We're only a guy or two away now," he said. "We're very, very close now."

Said Palmer: "They want to win now, and at the point I'm in in my career, i want to win now, too."

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