If Carson Palmer Really Wants to Stay With Oakland Raiders, He Needs to Accept Pay Cut

By Dan Parzych
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The Oakland Raiders had high expectations for Carson Palmer when they acquired him from the Cincinnati Bengals in the middle of the 2011 season, but it’s no secret he’s failed to live up to the expectations. Now, the Raiders have a big decision to make when it comes to figuring out a way to restructuring Palmer’s contract and if he were smart–he would listen to the team considering this may be his best and final shot at a starting job in the NFL.

It’s no secret Palmer is nowhere close to being as effective from the first couple years of his career with the Bengals and despite throwing for 4,018 yards and 22 touchdowns last season–most of those numbers came during garbage time when the Raiders found themselves trailing late in the game. If Palmer thinks he’s worth a hefty contract for those type of numbers–he’s ridiculous.

The fact that Palmer is scheduled to make $13 million in base salary alone for the 2013 season is crazy and the Raiders have every reason in the world to want him to restructure his deal. Palmer needs to realize there aren’t many job openings in the NFL when it comes to a starting quarterback and if he really wanted to continue his career in 2013–he would restructure his deal in a heartbeat with the Raiders.

Otherwise, there’s a good chance the Raiders will choose to save money and send Palmer packing to find a new home next season–which won’t be easy.

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