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Carson Palmer Not Interested In Pay Cut

Last year Carson Palmer was willing to restructure his contract in order to help Reggie McKenzie free a little cap space. Apparently that was a one-time offer as Palmer is reported to be unwilling to do the same this year.

Of course last year’s restructure was just that. Palmer still got all his pay.

This year it’s widely assumed that McKenzie is asking for a restructure in the form of Palmer taking less cash. No real surprise CP3 is unwilling to play ball. As fans in Cincinnati know all too well Palmer is willing to do anything to get himself out of a bad situation.

What I’m getting at is Palmer already knows McKenzie has no desire to pay his $13-million salary in 2013. Thus if Palmer doesn’t take a pay cut he’ll be cut. In other words Palmer is putting this all on management.

If the Raiders want Carson they’ll keep him at the pre-negotiated rate. If not they’ll let him walk.

From where I sit it looks as if Palmer is pretty much checking out of Oakland in passive-aggressive fashion. But that also suits McKenzie just fine as he’s in the process of rebuilding the franchise from the ground up. So parting with Palmer was inevitable if not this season than the next for sure.

About the only real question remaining is have we seen the last of Palmer an NFL starter? Sure, some team with a terrible QB situation (cough, cough, New York Jets) could take a pass at Palmer for some spot starter work. Both otherwise Oakland was Carson’s last bet to be a fulltime signal caller. But even that isn’t guaranteed given the desire of the coaching staff to give Terrelle Pryor a chance to win the job in camp.

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  • Tyler Gil-Contreras

    Good he sucks!

  • Robert Ruelas

    Palmer isnt going anywhere this season. Makes no sense cutting him and still paying him $10million. Hue gave up too much for him.

  • sten swarty

    Why keep him though? So he can keep standing in the pocket all day waiting to throw a ball. I’d rather have Pryor than Palmer at this point because well we only won 4 games last year anyway. Palmer will do what he can to leave like a little b**** the same way he left Cinci. Palmer face facts you will never win a superbowl so take a pay cut or go re-retire.

  • Theron Cole

    These comments are so ignorant.Did you watch A single game last year?How many games did Pryor win us?Do you know?Zero!

  • Raider Grant

    If Palmer doesn’t restructure, he gets cut & we give Pryor his shot. We would still require another qb & that doesn’t mean Geno Smith either. We could pick up Campbell if he’s still unsigned ??? You know a mobile QB is going to get hurt at some point & Matt L. gets injured as soon as he steps in the game, so we definitely need another QB. Save that 3rd pick for additional draft picks by trading down & pick up qb later rounds of the draft, or use it on top defensive prospect , but do not pick up Geno Smith! Better QB draft next year & We can build D & wait for another year to land franchise QB.

  • Ryan Bartelli

    He’s due more each of the next 2 seasons. Cutting him now is the best way to lose the least amount of money.

  • Raiders for Life

    I think Palmer is a good QB that has just been stuck with terrible teams. Teams that make you throw excessive amounts of passes with not so good protection shouldn’t expect you to take less money. The Raiders would be stupid t cut him, but if they do, there will be several teams interested in offering him a chance at a starting job. Hopefully he picks a team that has an idea of how not to suck for years on end.

  • madmax99

    Let him go. He’s a USC QB, not exactly known as a QB factory. He’ll never be a winner. He’s always been a overpaid journeyman…so find another cheaper while the team rebuilds and finds a franchise guy next year or two.