Since the drama began with the Oakland Raiders trying to restructure Carson Palmer‘s contract, speculation regarding who might play quarterback for the black and silver this year has been wild. Palmer is now willing to be released and said he wants to play for a Super Bowl contender. On the same note, NFL.com reports the Raiders are “legitimately interested” in a trade for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn. So let the quarterback carousel in Oakland begin.
A former Heisman Trophy winner, Palmer is way too big for his breeches at this point in his career as a former No. 1 overall pick and arguably a bust out of USC. He had a relatively decent season with the Raiders in 2012, so he could easily get a deal with a quarterback-needy team like the Arizona Cardinals or Jacksonville Jaguars, but neither of those teams are contenders. Another report from NFL.com claims that Palmer not only wants to play for a contender, but wants to start for one. Put simply, that ain’t happening.
What contender is going to want a 33-year-old, noodle-armed quarterback who thinks he’s way better than he really is? Better yet, what team needs a distraction like that?
As for the Raiders, Flynn seems like a perfect fit, assuming the team releases Palmer. The only problem is the latter’s hefty salary, most of which will still count toward the salary cap even if he’s let go this offseason. Oakland owes Palmer $13 million this season and even if he’s released, over $9 million of that will still take up a chunk of the Raiders’ cap space. That problem gets even worse considering Flynn is also owed $5.25 million in 2013 and the Raiders would have to assume that amount if they acquired him.
Flynn was supposed to get his shot as a starter in the NFL with the Seahawks, but a young gun named Russell Wilson ruined those plans. Oakland isn’t the ideal landing spot for any pro passer, but at this point, Flynn can’t be picky about his options to start. So although it’s “likely” that he’ll end up in Oakland, that deal is far from being put into motion.