Since the Raiders traded for Carson Palmer, he has not been what they had hoped at the position. Palmer, although many won’t say now, was thought to be a franchise quarterback when he played with the Bengals. In 2011, Palmer had retired from football because he did not want to continue his career in Cincinnati and the team would not release the quarterback from his contract. In week six of the 2011 season, the Bengals traded Palmer to the Oakland Raiders. The Bengals received Oakland’s first-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft and a second-round pick in the 2013 draft, which would have become a first-round pick had the Raiders reached the AFC Championship game in 2011.
Palmer’s tenure in Oakland did not last very long. Palmer threw 30 interceptions during his sub two year career where he played in just 25 games. Palmer only threw for five more touchdowns than his interception total. Moving on with the 2013 season, the Raiders’ general manager Reggie McKenzie said that Terrelle Pryor will have a shot to compete for the starting job in Oakland. It has been reported that the Raiders will not pay the $13 million that is due to Carson Palmer during the 2013 season. Which means an unlikely pay cut would be the answer. However, Palmer is reported to not want to take a pay cut resulting in a release from the team.
So if Palmer gets released, what kind of market would be out there for him? How about the Arizona Cardinals? Head coach Bruce Arians, has said that feels he is not sure if the Cardinals need another quarterback. He also praised on career back-up, Drew Stanton as possibly being the team’s starting quarterback. Chris Wesseling from NFL.com, says in his column, that the Cardinals could be pulling the “smoke-screen” technique. Where they could be saying that just to have Palmer fall in their lap.