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Sounds Like Carson Palmer Is Taking A Pay Cut

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.

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  • CognizantImpiety

    Didn’t Carson throw for more than 4000 yards…with a receiving core that drops the ball more often than not? Can Terrelle be that accurate in ’13?


  • Eugene Yamamoto

    Dumb article full of suppositions with no concrete basis. Are you kidding me? You don’t think that the Cardinals or Chiefs would snap up Carson in a heartbeat? Carson was the Raider offense and carried the team with a moron as OC, no running game, young receivers (agree with you Leatherface), and constant pressure. You must just be an out of touch Raider-hater. During the entire season Carson in which Carson had to learn a whole different playbook and blocking scheme, took a beating, showed how to call plays from the no huddle, was a team leader and never once complained or threw any of his neophyte WR’s or coaches under the bus. I will bet you didn’t see how Carson spoke with young receivers after they blew plays, by making the wrong cut, looking to the wrong shoulder, or not going up to get a ball or fight for it (sometimes leading to Ints that were not Carsons fault. After talking with them there were aeveral times that Carson made the same throws until that WR learned how to make the catch in a game situation. He developed our young WRs (e.g. Streeter) and we will be better off for it. Watch a season in full and not just the ESPN highlights before you write your next article about a quarterback who threw for over 4000 yards with all the limitations placed on him.

  • Jay

    The vast majority of his yards were in garbage time though. The pick six against the falcons that blew the game is the epitome of palmers career, especially in Oakland. If were gonna rebuild we need to dont need an aging choke artist under center.

  • Cetswayo Dawson

    Everyone’s production dropped when CP took over. He had games where he was completely off target. He threw INT’s again and again at the worst moment. He hasn’t played well in 6 years. He’s only won 4 games in each of the last 4 seasons. We’re rebuilding and he’s a 33 year old stop gap at best. Open your eyes and see the big picture. It’s time to move forward.

  • Blu Spikes

    If not Palmer then who, not TP his one game vs the Boltz was a slow death for most of the Raider nation. He gave us hope with his 3 TD’s but pulled the rug out from under our feet with his poor decision making and inaccurate throwing. It may be Palmer for not one but two more years, while they brace up the foundation.

  • Kazzu Wazzu

    Who cares about his 4,000 + yards. His QBR of 44.7 puts him as 29th in the NFL.

    Stupid trade. Idiot Hue should’ve had a better backup than Boller and we would not be in this mess with his out of whack salary.