The 49ers began the season with Tim Rattay as their starting quarterback, but he was traded to Tampa Bay Oct. 18. Rookie Alex Smith moved in as the No. 1 signal-caller but Smith sat out this past Sunday's 15-10 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a knee ailment and starter Ken Dorsey suffered an ankle injury.
Palmer saw action in eight games for the Giants during the 2002-03 seasons, starting three games. He went to training camp with the Giants this season but was waived prior to the start of the NFL regular season.