Starting Quarterback cannot tell if he will be back next season, as 2013 salary proves to be big factor.
The Oakland Raiders are a mess and will be for some time. They have no cap space to work with in free agency, and have little to no talent on the team outside of a very inconsistent Darren McFadden.
When they brought in Carson Palmer via a trade from Cincinnati, they were hoping he would help bring a resurgence to the team. Sadly that hasn’t happened at all.
Palmer is due $13m for the 2013 season and while he may be able to compete for the job, it will be under a new contract because even the Raiders aren’t stupid enough to pay someone that kind of money to sit on the bench all season.
CSNbayarea.com exchanged emails with the QB, in which he gave a frank assessment of the situation.
“Not sure what’s going to happen,” Palmer wrote.
“Would love to be back in Oakland and compete.”
If the 33-year-old does want to stay in Oakland and compete for his job, then he will do it under a new contract. He knows himself that there is absolutely no way he will earn $13m next season, and it is up to him to decide if he really wants to wear the ‘Silver and Black’.
The Raiders can go on a completely different route and flat-out cut Palmer, save any sort of money and have a full on competition in training camp between Terrelle Pryor and whoever they pick in the upcoming draft (Geno Smith).
If the front office can sort out the QB position soon as possible, then it will go a long way to developing the long-term success of the dwindling franchise.