The tandem of Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald should thrive as Arizona Cardinals

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With Carson Palmer throwing the ball, Larry Fitzgerald should be celebrating again in 2013.

With a two-time Pro Bowl selection now under center in Arizona, standout Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald will be in “prove it mode” in 2013.

Handcuffed by an atrocious collection of quarterbacks since Kurt Warner retired in 2009, the 6-foot-4, 217 pound Fitzgerald has caught 764 balls for 10,413 yards and 77 touchdowns in 140 games as a Cardinal.

“I’m coming off the most disappointing season of my career,” said Fitzgerald, 29, who Arizona took out of the University of Pittsburgh with the third choice in the 2004 NFL Draft.

Fortunately for Fitzgerald and Cardinals fans, Arizona received Carson Palmer from the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday in exchange for a sixth round draft pick this month and a conditional pick next spring.

The 33-year-old Palmer, who the Cincinnati Bengals nabbed first overall out of the University of Southern California in 2003, has connected on 189 scores, against 130 picks, for 29,465 yards since debuting as a professional.

Palmer performed well last season in “The Town” and passed for 22 touchdowns, in comparison to 14 interceptions, for 4,018 yards.

Obviously still a very productive signal caller, Fitzgerald, a seven-time Pro Bowler and four-time All-Pro, should flourish teaming with the 6-foot-5, 235 pound Palmer in the Valley of the Sun.

After going a porous 5-11 in 2012, the Cardinals aren’t exactly a budding juggernaut.

Regardless, the tandem of Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald should develop into one of the lone bright spots on the gridiron in the Phoenix metropolitan area this autumn.

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