It kind of makes sense once you get past the surprise and disappointment.
Palmer was involved in a terrible trade between the Raiders and the Cincinnati Bengals, one that resulted in the Raiders giving up far too much for the rights to an aging Palmer and then signing him to a bad contract as well.
It was a franchise double whammy.
New Raiders' management led by Reggie McKenzie isn't tied to Palmer and wouldn't take the hit for trading Palmer or cutting him if he won't renegotiate his contract.
Palmer's contract for 2013 currently calls for him to make $13 million, a number he is unlikely to make with any team in the NFL.
Honestly, it is a very similar circumstance to the standoff currently going on between the Cardinals and current QB Kevin Kolb.
Kolb was involved with a trade that doesn't look great in retrospect right now, and more importantly, neither new Cards' general manager Steve Keim or new head coach Bruce Arians are tied to Kolb.
The longer that Kolb's contract is not restructured, the more unlikely it seems that he will return to the desert in 2013.
The 33-year-old Palmer is no longer a great quarterback, but he would be the best quarterback under center for the Cards since Kurt Warner retired.
If Arizona can simply sign Palmer as a free agent, if he is cut due to salary cap reasons, then it might be the most efficient way for the Cardinals to put a Band-Aid on the position while the new coaching staff can draft and develop a young starter.
Palmer would probably allow Arians to stretch the field the way he would like, and Palmer has proven to be more durable than Kolb in his 11-year career.
As time passes, it looks like Arians has reviewed the Cardinals' quarterback situation and felt that the team could do better.
Maybe Arians decided to clean house based on what he saw.
The other surprising news coming from CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora is that the Cardinals tendered Brian Hoyer at a second-round level, making it highly unlikely that another team would sign Hoyer.
It also means that Hoyer is likely to be with the Cardinals in 2013.
On the verge of free agency, the Cardinals' quarterback situation might finally be starting to come into focus.
The question is whether or not fans of the Cardinals will like what they see.