Dealing QB Carson Palmer to Cardinals nets draft picks for Raiders 

click to enlarge The Cardinals made in perfectly clear that Carson Palmer would be their starting QB. - CHRISTIAN PETERSEN/GETTY IMAGES
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  • The Cardinals made in perfectly clear that Carson Palmer would be their starting QB.

Carson Palmer has landed with the third team of his NFL career.

First Cincinnati, then the Raiders and now Arizona, it’s not exactly a ‘Who’s Who’ of NFL powerhouses.

But Palmer and his new coach insist that he’s coming to a Cardinals team built to win now, despite the fact it lost 11 of its last 12 a season ago.

The Arizona Cardinals acquired Palmer from the Raiders, then agreed to a two-year contract that could pay him up to $20 million with $10 million guaranteed.

“I’ve got a lot of tread left on my tires,” the 33-year-old quarterback promised.

Ever since Bruce Arians was hired to replace the fired Ken Whisenhunt, quarterback was the No. 1 topic of conversation.

“I’m here to introduce our starting quarterback and put it to bed,” Arians said at a news conference on Tuesday, “and I’m really happy about it.”

The Cardinals gave up a conditional seventh-round 2014 draft pick and swapped the second of their two sixth-round picks this year for Oakland’s seventh-round selection.

Just Flynn, baby: New Raiders QB Matt Flynn will have to beat out Terrelle Pryor for the starting job, and there’s been talk the Raiders are considering taking West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith with the third overall pick in the draft later this month.

But all indications are that the 27-year-old Flynn will be Oakland’s starter when the 2013 season begins.

“I think that should be everybody’s expectation, whether you’re competing for linebackers, DBs or snapper,” Flynn said. “You’re expecting to win that job. I’m here to work and I’m here to compete and do what I need to do to make this place better.”

Raiders sign Porter: Cornerback Tracy Porter agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Raiders, according to multiple reports. Porter played in only six games last season for Denver after he suffered a seizure in August. But he has started 43 games during his five-year career and has been cleared to play in 2013.

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