How high would the Cardinals draft a quarterback in the 2017 NFL Draft? Carson Palmer returning doesn’t seem to factor in the equation. (Rick Scuteri/Associated Press)

Carson Palmer recently announced his intentions to return to the Cardinals for the 2017 season. According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Arizona is very keen on adding Deshaun Watson in the draft despite Palmer’s return.

“Carson Palmer’s announcement that he won’t retire hasn’t cooled speculation in other front offices that the Cardinals wouldn’t explore other options if an upgrade is possible. At the very least, again, I continue to hear that Clemson’s Deshaun Watson is coveted by them, though it would likely take a significant trade up to land him in the draft.”

Palmer, 37, is probably on his last leg. Drafting Watson would give him a chance to learn and develop for a season which is an ideal situation. Clemson’s head coach Dabo Sweeney recently called Watson the Michael Jordan of football.  So far we know that the Jets are the other team interested in Watson.

Palmer’s return does likely mark the end of the Tony Romo pursuit.