Carson Palmer's Only Chance at Starting in 2013 Is to Accept Pay Cut From Oakland Raiders

By Dan Parzych
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One of the biggest questions this offseason for the Oakland Raiders has been what they should do with quarterback Carson Palmer as the former No. 1 pick is scheduled to make $13 million for the 2013 season. Obviously, the Raiders have one of two choices here as they can either keep Palmer on the roster or part ways with him before the 2013 season, but now that the quarterback seems “highly unlikely” to reconstruct his contract–the team should just make things easier on themselves by parting ways with Palmer.


Palmer may be coming off a 2012 season in which he threw for 4,018 yards to go along with 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, but considering the Raiders finished 4-12 during the regular season–most of those numbers came during garbage time for Palmer. It’s no secret Oakland made a mistake in the middle of the 2011 season to acquire Palmer from the Cincinnati Bengals as they believed he was the answer at quarterback after Jason Campbell suffered a season-ending injury to lead them to the playoffs, but that plan took no time to fail.

Now, the Raiders are facing a difficult decision with the 2013 NFL Draft right around the corner.

The last thing the Raiders want to do is overpay Palmer and without a restructured deal–that’s exactly what they would be doing since $13 million is far form worthy of the type of numbers he displays. As bad as it sounds, Palmer better think twice before he makes a decision because Oakland is his best shot at starting in the NFL next season.

Otherwise, Palmer will just end up as a backup for the 2013 season.

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