Dec 22, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer (3) walks off the field in the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Why Carson Palmer Should Be the Next Raider Released

The NFL free agency has given us nothing short of excitement. Big moves have been made by several franchises, especially the Oakland Raiders.

Dec 22, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer (3) on the sidelines in the second half. The Panthers defeated the Raiders 17-6 at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Some of the critical moments for the Raiders over the past few days include the team announcing the release of wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey and cornerback Michael Huff, and linebacker Philip Wheeler signing a 5-year, $26 million deal with the Dolphins.

With that said, the Oakland Raiders are surely not done making moves.

One of the biggest questions this offseason has been what the Raiders will do with quarterback Carson Palmer. Palmer, who just finished his first full season with the Raiders, finished his 2012-2013 campaign with 4,018 passing yards  and 22 touchdowns.Those stats sound pretty good when you add in the fact that he was dealing with a handicapped offense for much of the season, as star running back Darren McFadden and wide receivers Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore all missed a significant amount of time during the season due to lingering injuries.

But at the end of the day, Carson Palmer is a 33-year-old quarterback who has always been dangling between a mediocre and above-average status. With Oakland boasting one of the youngest squads in the NFL, I think it is time for the Raiders to cut Carson Palmer and move along.

Palmer is due over $13 million next season, and with Oakland making so many adjustments to free themselves from the salary cap, it just does not seem likely for them to retain him. Not only that, he does not seem deserving.

If Palmer would take a significant pay cut and stick with the team, then I think it would be good for the Raiders. But it was reported earlier that Palmer is resistant to take a pay cut and that he is probably on his way out of Oakland.

To set things straight, I believe that Terrelle Pryor should be the starting quarterback for this young Raiders team. They lack talent up front, so doesn’t a mobile quarterback just sound more logical?  And I can guarantee that Raiders fans are just about fed up with Palmer waiting too long in the pocket to make a play and then getting swallowed up by an opposing defender.

Pryor, the 23-year-old product of Ohio State, brings to the Raiders something that they haven’t had in a while. Mobility and versatility at the quarterback position.

With young guys like Cam Newton, Colin Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III, and Russell Wilson all coming into the league and making a name for themselves by evading defenders and buying extra time, Pryor should have all the motivation in the world. Those four players are modern-day proof that quarterbacks who can make plays by using their legs are finally having their time to shine.

In his three years at Ohio State, Pryor racked up 2,164 yards and 17 touchdowns all on the ground. His passing game was also very efficient, as he threw for 6,177 yards and 57 touchdowns.

My point is, Pryor has the skill set to become one of the NFL’s most prolific players. He has often been overlooked in his professional career, as he entered the league via the supplemental draft, and has never really received the right opportunity to work with a solid offensive scheme.

Until now.

After a disastrous year with Greg Knapp as the team’s offensive coordinator, Oakland finally pulled the plug and hired Greg Olson, who is in his 27th season in the coaching profession.

Pryor will be able to start completely fresh with a new offensive coordinator, a young and healthy group of teammates,  and the Raiders will finally be able to move on and turn to a whole new chapter of their franchise.

With Palmer not willing to take a pay cut, why would the Raiders want to pay a sluggish 33-year old a whopping $13 million for the following season?


Michael Huff and Darrius Heyward-Bey were released a few days ago, and it will be hard to say goodbye to them (especially Huff). But all things must come to an end, and Palmer’s time in Oakland should be ending soon.

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  • sten swarty

    It’ll be exciting to see TP play if he gets the chance. He looked ok last pre season, but without enough snaps how can anyone even judge this guy? Can anyone image faking a screen to DMC one way (if he possibly can stay healthy) then TP sprinting off the weak side. With a stacked Denver team and with KC actually looking like they have a working roster now I don’t know how great a season the Raiders will have this season, but my hopes are for at least 8 wins with a gradual increase over the next 3 seasons. Raider Nation 4Life!

    • Brian Banifatemi

      Thanks for commenting!

      But yes I definitely agree with you that without really giving him a shot, you just can’t judge Pryor. But he has tremendous upside.

      Pryor with a healthy Raiders offense will be incredibly lethal and I am more than excited to see how they produce.

      As far as wins, 8 would be great, I don’t see us making playoffs unless Kansas City and some other teams choke but it could happen. Time will tell!

  • Ricky Bobby

    This would be a great day in Raider history.

    • Brian Banifatemi

      Thanks for commenting!

      And amen! I am waiting on the day that they cut Palmer. Will finally prove that they are moving on and starting fresh.

  • Hangtownie

    Agreed – Then use a late round to draft a back up or see how cheap you can bring back Jason Campbell as a back up/mentor LOL!, Seems like Reggie is cleaning house and I’m not surprised.

    • Brian Banifatemi

      Thank you for commenting!

      And yes, definitely draft a back-up or look around for a cheap veteran to mentor Pryor.

      I’m glad Reggie McKenzie is going through with a thorough clean out.

  • Terry Mayben

    It seems you spent most of this story talking about how slow and decrepit Palmer is (compared to the younger Pryor), yet then contradict yourself by saying it would be good to keep him if he’ll restructure? If you believe he’s that bad, then he should be replaced regardless of his pricetag; if he takes a paycut he’ll likely remain the starter for the next season (until either he stinks it up bad enough or gets hurt, resulting in Pryor possibly starting.) To be fair, I’m tired of losing too, and would be interested to see if Pryor can make something happen; he’s got raw talent and he did well in his start last year (and the second half save). I just believe he won’t last long as next year’s starter with so little pro experience and a faulty offensive line.

    Regardless of pricetag for the next year (Raiders have the cap room now), Palmer should be allowed to use his experience to continue to teach and lead…and along with that, fix the problem of the team desperately needing two quality recievers to throw at. Good quarterbacks in bad situations can’t save a team…regardless of whether the name on the jersey is Palmer or Pryor.

    • Brian Banifatemi

      Thanks for commenting!

      And yeah, I basically meant that if Palmer will take a huge pay cut then he would serve as a fine back up, that’s all. But if they cut him it’d be better just because of salary cap.

      But yes, Raiders still have a lot of work to do and definitely need to get some more receivers for either Pryor or Palmer to throw at.

  • [email protected]

    why is it taking so long for them to cut Palmer? That money is being tied up, no?

    • Brian Banifatemi

      Thanks for commenting!

      But yes, what are the Raiders waiting for? I feel like they know they are going to do it, but why wait? Palmer needs to be on his way out of Oakland!