When the Oakland Raiders acquired Carson Palmer from the Cincinnati Bengals during the 2011 season, expectations were high as the organization believed he was the right answer at quarterback. After a disastrous 2012 season in which the team finished with a disappointing 4-12 record, it’s safe to say the team is re-evaluating whether or not the risk to acquire Palmer was really a mistake.
Despite throwing for 4,018 yards to go along with 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 2012, the argument can be made the only reason why those numbers were as high as they were has to do with the Raiders playing from behind in most games–meaning Palmer was throwing the ball more than he normally would. Many believed Palmer would shine in his first full season as Oakland’s starter with a young group of wide receivers–but that was obviously far from the case.
It’s no secret Palmer hasn’t been the same quarterback since tearing his ACL during the 2006 NFL playoffs and his career was already on the decline during his last couple of years in Cincinnati–so why would Oakland think acquiring him would be a good idea in the first place? Palmer is the type of quarterback that isn’t going to get better anytime soon and the team has a tough decision to make about what to do for the 2013 season.
Terrelle Pryor has seen his name thrown into the mix as a possible starter for next season instead of Palmer and if the team does believe he’s their answer–it may not be a bad idea to consider.
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