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Carson Palmer in 'perfect' spot with Arizona Cardinals

Moments before Carson Palmer spoke for the first time as a member of the Arizona Cardinals, coach Bruce Arians made it clear where the veteran would fit in.

"I'm here to introduce our starting quarterback, and put it to bed," Arians said. "And I'm really happy about it."

Palmer then took the mic, clad in a red Cardinals polo shirt and white cap. He made a point of addressing perceived inaccuracies in the reporting of his departure from the Raiders. Palmer clearly takes issue with the idea that he somehow forced his way out of Oakland.

"I was presented with a contract there and I was advised not to sign that contract with no security, no guarantees," he said. "My agent told me that he would never have me sign that contract. That opportunity led me here to coach Arians."

Palmer said joining the Cardinals was "perfect" for where he was at this stage of his career. He said he had plenty of "tread on (his) tires" at 33.

"I've only got a couple shots left," he said. "I've been in this league for a long time. It's nothing personal, it's not statistical, it's about trying to win a championship."

How much does Arians believe the Cardinals improved their roster with the additions of Palmer and Drew Stanton? He said his quarterback group now is as strong as any team's in the NFL.

It was a hyperbolic statement for sure, but the point still landed. The Cardinals have work to do, but the trade for Palmer means quarterback is no longer at the top of the priority list.

Knowing where they've been, the enthusiasm is understandable.

Follow Dan Hanzus on Twitter @DanHanzus.

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