Cardinals looking at Barkley as QB of future?

In Carson Palmer — whom coach Bruce Arians described as “our starter” earlier this week at Palmer’s introductory press conference — the Cardinals have their quarterback. Their quarterback for now, anyway.

Palmer, 33, is on a reworked two-year deal that includes a club option for 2015, and the only other quarterbacks on the roster are backup Drew Stanton — a six-year veteran who hasn’t thrown a pass in the past two seasons — along with journeyman veteran Brian Hoyer and second-year pro Ryan Lindley. Not a franchise quarterback among them, right?

So it remains plausible that the Cardinals would consider selecting a quarterback of the future at some point early in the upcoming draft, and that makes this tweet Thursday from ESPN NFL reporter Adam Schefter interesting and noteworthy:

To be clear, Barkley would be an unlikely pick at No. 7 overall, where the Cardinals select in the first round; actually, the consensus among draft guru Peter Schrager and ESPN experts Mel Kiper and Todd McShay is that Barkley won’t go in the first round at all. Should those projections turn out to be accurate, the private workout would presumably give the Cards the insight to know whether Barkley, the four-year USC starter, would be worth taking in Round 2 (at No. 38 overall) and developing for the future.

It should be noted that Barkley isn’t the only QB the Cardinals are known to be interested in, as reports surfaced last week that the team worked out former North Carolina State quarterback Mike Glennon in Raleigh.