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Carson Palmer says Bucs showed a lot of interest in offseason

Carson Palmer is a two-time Pro Bowler and former No. 1 overall pick.

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Carson Palmer is a two-time Pro Bowler and former No. 1 overall pick.



While the Bucs decided to bench quarterback Josh Freeman this week, they apparently had their doubts in the offseason, showing a lot of interest in veteran Carson Palmer.

Palmer, 33, who is now with the Cardinals and will face the Bucs Sunday, said that before getting traded from Oakland in April, Tampa Bay made several calls to his agent.

And Palmer said the interest was mutual.

"Where I was with everything that was going on, I was very interested in a lot of different places and teams and obviously was flattered my agent had said Tampa had been contacting him a lot," Palmer said today in a conference call with the Tampa Bay media. "I would have been very excited to be there, the organization has a lot of good football players across the board. But I'm excited and happy to be where I am, and excited about our future."

Palmer, a two-time Pro Bowler and former No. 1 overall pick, was on his way out in Oakland after last season. He was due $13 million for this season, with Oakland having to decide whether to trade, or cut him. But the Raiders made a deal with the Cardinals that included swapping late-round draft picks and a conditional pick in 2014, with Arizona restructuring his contract.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 1:42pm]


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