NFL notebook: Cards give QB Palmer 3-year, $50M extension
Carson Palmer signed a three-year contract extension with the Cardinals worth a reported $50 million.
The move announced Friday puts the 34-year-old quarterback, playing some of the best football of his long career, under contract with the team through 2017. Palmer, in his second season with Arizona, has thrown for 11 touchdowns with just two interceptions, helping the Cardinals to a 7-1 record, the best mark in the NFL and the franchise’s best record through eight games in 40 years. He is 5-0 in games he started this year going into Sunday’s home contest against St. Louis.
Arizona acquired Palmer in a trade with Oakland prior to last season. In his 12th NFL season, Palmer is 15-6 as a starter since coming to the Cardinals. Arizona has won 12 of Palmer’s last 14 starts.
“Carson has played at an incredibly high level and has been a huge part of the team’s success,” general manager Steve Keim said in the news release announcing the signing. “When you combined his on-field performance with the leadership, stability and professionalism he brings to the team, there was no question that we wanted to extend the relationship and are excited he felt the same way.”
The former Heisman Trophy winner and No. 1 draft pick has thrived in coach Bruce Arians’ system, although it took him a half-season to get comfortable with its intricacies
No quarterback has a better win percentage that Palmer’s over the past 14 games. In that span, he has thrown for 3,914 yards, with 27 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, for a quarterback rating of 90.0.
• Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo practiced for the second straight day and is officially listed as probable for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars in London. Romo, who injured his back for the third time in the last 18 months two weeks ago, sat out last week’s loss to the Cardinals and skipped the team’s first practice in London on Wednesday, but he participated in drills Thursday and Friday.
• Raiders owner Mark Davis met with a delegation of officials from San Antonio to talk about a potential move for the franchise. Former San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros and other city officials traveled to the Bay Area for the meeting, which comes about four months after Davis and other team officials had met with the group in San Antonio. Team officials declined to comment on the meeting.
• The final police report states that former Titans kicker Rob Bironas was intoxicated and speeding when his sports utility vehicle went off the road and crashed into a row of trees. The report said data analysis shows Bironas was driving at 73 mph going into a curve where he lost control and crashed Sept. 20. Paramedics found Bironas dead at the scene before taking him to a hospital where he was declared dead.
• A long-delayed preliminary hearing for former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper on Los Angeles County charges that he drugged and raped two women he met at a West Hollywood nightclub has been pushed back to Dec. 5. Sharper, who has been jailed since February, appeared briefly in court and agreed to the new delay.
• Bills receiver Sammy Watkins and running backFred Jackson are questionable for Sunday’s game against the Chiefs.
• Bears tight endMartellus Bennett is questionable for Sunday’s game at Green Bay because of a rib injury.
• The Saints ruled out running backsPierre Thomas andKhiry Robinson for Sunday’s game against the 49ers.
• Dolphins running back Lamar Miller is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game at Detroit because of a left shoulder injury.