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.