Carson Palmer Needs to Take Restructured Deal From Oakland Raiders

By Dan Parzych
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Not too long ago, the Oakland Raiders believed Carson Palmer was their answer at quarterback to lead them to the playoffs, but that’s been anything but the case as the quarterback has struggled for the most part over the last two seasons. Unfortunately, Palmer is one of the biggest questions for the team heading into the 2013 season as he’s scheduled to make $13 million this year, but it appears the Raiders will attempt to restructure that deal.

Despite throwing for 4,018 yards to go along with 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, most of those numbers came during garbage time in games the Raiders were already trailing in. The argument can be made that Palmer didn’t have the best options in the passing game, but for a player earning as much money as Oakland is paying him–expectations are going to be high from a statistical standpoint.

As much as Palmer doesn’t want to hear it, he may not have much of a choice here considering Oakland gives him the best chance at being a starting quarterback in the NFL. Palmer is nowhere close to the playing level from his glory days with the Cincinnati Bengals and the Raiders have made it clear that he could be released if he refuses to restructure his contract.

Palmer already has plenty of money saved up from his career–so hopefully he makes the right choice when it comes to his desire to play football and he ends up taking a pay cut to stick around for the 2013 season.

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