The Cardinals may play the Jets in mid-October, but Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer is still rooting for Ryan Fitzpatrick‘s pursuit of a new contract. The two signal-callers were teammates on the 2008 Bengals squad, and they remain good friends today. Palmer has been watching from afar as his free agent pal has been battling the Jets at the negotiation table.
“He’s a good friend of mine, he’s an ex-teammate of mine, and I know what he means to a locker room, I know what he means on the field,” Palmer said (via Dom Cosentino of NJ.com).
“He’s been a great player for them. I hope they take care of him the way they should because he means so much to that team, that team wants him there. They have a legit shot, with him at quarterback.”
Let’s check out some more notes pertaining to the league’s quarterbacks…
- Many in the 49ers organization see Blaine Gabbert as a better fit for Chip Kelly‘s offense than Colin Kaepernick, writes ESPN.com’s Michael Wagaman. As a result of this report, Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com says it’s “fair to wonder” whether Kaepernick is only on the roster because the team ultimately “misjudged the trade market.”
- Meanwhile, Jason Fitzgerald of OverTheCap.com believes the 49ers should start “kicking the tires” on a Kaepernick trade (Twitter link).
- With Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler now out of the picture, Cameron Wolfe of the Denver Post believes a surprising name could emerge from the Broncos grouping of quarterbacks: Trevor Siemian. The second-year player is battling veteran Mark Sanchez and first-rounder Paxton Lynch for the team’s starting gig.