Carson Palmer doesn’t want to be an Oakland Raider. That is beyond obvious. He’s unwilling to take a pay cut even though said cut is reported to still keep him in the eight figure club. He’s also said to be more interested in being a backup for a contender instead of a starter for a non-playoff team.
Whatever the situation Palmer’s time in Oakland is over. Reggie McKenzie should just sever ties and move on.
To be sure cutting Palmer still keeps the Raiders in a lurch as his departure will count for more than $9-million in dead money. But if this is about rebuilding then you can’t have a foundation filled with quicksand and one could argue even if Palmer were playing for Oakland next season his salary is dead money anyway.
Since arriving in Oakland the Raiders have gotten worse under Palmer. His record as a starter for the Silver and Black is just 8-16. Not entirely his fault but not at all worth the heavy price paid.
And for those of you quick to throw out his stats from last season let me remind you of Atlanta, Tampa Bay and Cleveland to name a few instances in which CP3 wet the bed in the clutch. Hardly the stuff franchise QBs are made of.
Palmer whined his way out of Cincinnati and now’s pouting to push out of Oakland. We should have seen this coming and McKenzie might as well do the deed now. The Raiders are going nowhere with Palmer so holding onto him makes about as much sense as trading for Matt Flynn…