Dennis Allen remains steadfast in his desire to open up the quarterback position for competition once training camp begins. That would mean Terrelle Pryor getting a chance to push Carson Palmer for the starting job. That job is one Allen says Palmer owns at the moment.
“Carson goes into the offseason as the starter, certainly. But we will see what happens.”
So that would also mean the plan is to keep Palmer in Silver and Black for 2013. Connect the dots and that would mean Palmer takes a pay cut.
No way Reggie McKenzie keeps a $13-million quarterback on his roster that might be holding a clipboard. We saw how McKenzie went about his business last offseason slicing and dicing salaries like Leatherface does hogs in a slaughter house.
Of course there is nothing that guarantees Palmer will even be given the option to take a pay cut. For all we know he could just be handed a pink slip. The Raiders need to get in better shape for free agency and shedding salaries is a must. Even if Palmer takes a 50% slash he’d still be pretty highly paid for a man whose competition is a raw QB with but one NFL start to his name.