Could Cardinals be chasing Carson Palmer’s successor?

head coach doesn’t seem as down on this class of quarterbacks as others.

“I see, so far, five to six really good arms,” Arians said Wednesday. “Guys with good stature and my job is to find out more and more about them. Starting here, I don’t put as much stock in them throwing at the combine as I do their tape. They’re throwing routes they may not have thrown and to (new receivers). If they do throw well, that’s a blessing. I’m just getting to know them.”

Reporters asked Arians about the position in broad strokes during his combine interview because he’s an insightful coach with an encyclopedic knowledge of quarterback play, but it was interesting to hear him discuss his personal selection process. While is coming back for the 2017 season, there always exists a chance that Arians will want to have Palmer’s replacement waiting on the bench. Palmer, 37, nearly walked away from the game this offseason.

General manager said Wednesday that if he were to draft a young quarterback, it would be valuable to do so with Palmer still on the roster.

“It’s a double-edged sword,” Arians said. “We want to win now because we feel like we have that window but we also have to take care of the future. If that guy is available for us — the ones we’ve liked haven’t been available. They’ve always gotten snatched when we’ve liked to have them. If he’s there and he’s the guy we want, I think we’ll pull the trigger.”

Arians riffed on his process when asked about how team success factors in to his evaluation of a quarterback.

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“You have to see if they’re the reason for the team success. Or, do they have a great defense and he’s just a game manager. You look at every aspect of the quarterback. Mental aspect. Heart and head — they’re the hardest to evaluate. I can see his arm strength, I can see his speed and I can see him jump, but the two things he plays with — his brain and his heart — they’re really hard to evaluate. That’s the process that starts now.”

Arizona is bringing back a talented, veteran-heavy roster which was a few bad breaks away from another strong season. Arians thinks he has the remedy — he will go to a full-tackling training camp this summer — and he may not need to use a first or second-round pick on an immediate starter. We’ve seen the magic that Arians can have with young quarterbacks like and Andrew Luck, but it would be fascinating to watch one he hand-selects as a head coach.

The Arizona Cardinals announced Tuesday that they reached an agreement on a four-year contract with the impending free-agent tight end.

The Cards prioritized locking down the 6-foot-5 receiving target ahead of the new league year opening on Thursday.

Gresham spent the past two seasons in Bruce Arians’ offense, compiling a modest 55 catches for 614 yards and three TDs. He did come on stronger as an outlet for cheap jerseys and Carson Palmer down the stretch last season as Arizona’s receiver corps dealt with injuries. Twenty of Gresham’s 37 catches came between Week 12 and Week 16 last season.

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Nike Cardinals #3 Carson Palmer Black Men's NFL Pro Line Black Reverse Fashion Game JerseyThe two sides have until July 15 to negotiate a multi-year contract. If no agreement is reached, Jones will play under the linebacker tender worth roughly $14.129 million for 2017.

Acquired from the New England Patriots last March, Jones fulfilled lofty expectations as a dangerous pass rusher on ’s second-ranked total defense.

Jones tallied 11 sacks, 21 QB hits, 15 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles, per NFL Research. He and bookend edge rusher Markus Golden were not only the NFL’s top sack duo (23.5) last season, but also became the first pair of Cardinals teammates with double-digit sacks apiece since Al Baker and Curtis Greer in 1984.

How productive has Jones been?

Over the last two years, only 2016 Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack jersey (26.0) and Super Bowl 50 Von Miller (24.5) have more sacks than Jones’ 23.5. Since the beginning of the 2013 season, Jones, Miller and China jerseys of are the only players with at least 40 sacks and 60 QB hits.

Although keeping Jones is the top priority, the Cardinals still have work to do ahead of the new league year on March 9. Pro Bowl defensive lineman , linebacker Kevin Minter and safety Tony Jefferson are all due to reach the open market barring last-minute agreements with Arizona.