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Cardinals may want to keep QB Blaine Gabbert around in Arizona

The Arizona Cardinals have some major decisions to make at the end of the 2017-18 campaign. Among them is whether they want quarterback Blaine Gabbert hanging around the desert past this season.

Early signs point to the Cardinals keeping the veteran quarterback with Arizona general manager Steve Keim saying they are leaning towards the idea of extending Gabbert’s stay in their fold during a radio interview on Doug and Wolf show on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, per Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic.

While that sounds comforting for Gabbert in terms of job security, Keim and the Cardinals have no idea yet as to how they will use the quarterback in the future in case both parties agree on a new deal.

That decision will mostly depend on Arizona’s original starter this season in Carson Palmer, who’s on the injury reserved list due to an arm injury that required surgery. Palmer hasn’t played in the Cards’ last six games but is still eligible to return this year, though Gabbert seems to be the one who’s going to finish the season under center.

If Palmer decides to retire, Gabbert could be in line to become the team’s starter in 2018, a thought hinted to the media by Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians a couple of weeks ago.

Gabbert, who signed a one-year deal worth $895,000 with the Cardinals back in May, has 897 passing yards and six touchdowns to go with five interceptions in four games played — all starts — so far this season.