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Bruce Arians: Carson Palmer can 'play up to 36, 37 easily'

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Many people questioned whether Carson Palmer could help the Cardinals elevate their offense in 2013. It wasn't the smoothest ride out of the gates but ultimately he produced big stats. And though he's getting up there in age, Bruce Arians and Steve Keim think he's got a few more years left.

Specifically, Arians said Friday that Palmer has "plenty of juice left in tank" and can play up to 36 or 37 years old.

"There's no doubt he's got plenty of juice left in the tank," Arians said. "He's in great condition. He's always in great condition. I would think he could play up to 36, 37 easily."

It's pretty clear Arians is all in with Palmer and he noted the improvement throughout the season from Palmer as he got in tune with the offense. Keim added similar thoughts.

"Carson played well for us this year, probably better than most anticipated. And he played really, really good in the second half of the season, once he grasped Bruce's offense, started to minimize the mistakes, minimize the turnovers," Keim said. "Other than the Seattle game, I think he did a fantastic job when it came to turnover ratio."

As far as being the "quarterback of the future," Keim didn't lock in Palmer as his guy for the next decade or anything, but he was extremely complimentary of Palmer ... when he's protected.

"He's still a guy that if you can protect, he can spin the ball as good as any," Keim said. "His ball placement, his accuracy, his touch is as good as any in the league when he has time to throw. I think we all know he's not the most mobile guy and there are some issues with pressure."

But the luxury of having a guy under center they can trust can't be overstated.

"With the supply and demand at quarterback, Carson at least puts us in the position where you don't have to force, Keim said. "And when I say force, you're sitting at 20 or wherever we are in the draft, and feel like we have to have one."

So there's a little disconnect there if you want to read deep between the lines, at least in terms of how they want to manage the quarterback position for the long run.

But it's clear that both Keim and Arians are both very much on the same page when it comes Palmer being their guy in the immediate future and maybe even beyond.

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