Arizona Cardinals: The Carson Palmer trade
When Bruce Arians arrived in 2013, he knew some of the problems that needed fixing right away and it began at quarterback. The Arizona Cardinals had suffered at that position ever since Kurt Warner retired. It was felt the team needed a veteran presence, somebody who could execute the type of offense that Arians wanted to run. So they decided to take a flier on a seemingly declining Carson Palmer who was turning 34 that season.
They flipped a 7th round pick to the Oakland Raiders to make the deal, much to the surprise of many experts who felt the team would try finding their solution in the draft. Turns out Arians, a big believer in second chances, felt that Palmer could thrive under his tutelage given the prior success he’d enjoyed mentoring players like Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Andrew Luck. He was right. Palmer led the team to a 10-6 record his first year and has since reached his first Pro Bowl in nine years, guiding them to the NFC championship.