Nov 4, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer (3) reacts during the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Coliseum. The Buccaneers defeated the Raiders 42-32. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders Willing to Pay Carson Palmer Without Restructuring Contract

Carson Palmer is forcing the Raiders’ hand, and it looks as if Oakland is going to fold.

Palmer is reportedly “highly unlikely” to take a pay cut, so the Raiders will either be forced to pay him or release him.

What will they do?

A source tells the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that the Raiders are willing pay Palmer his full $13 million contract for 2013 without restructuring the deal, adding “for now.”

The Raiders would save roughly $6 million by cutting Palmer, but it appears they will hold onto him unless they find a suitable replacement.

In a recent email exchange with CSNBayArea, Palmer wrote, “Not sure what’s going to happen.Would love to be back in Oakland and compete.”

The veteran quarterback was traded to the Raiders midway through the 2011 season after an injury to Jason Campbell. Since then Palmer has been the starter for the Silver and Black.

In 15 games last season, he threw for over 4,000 yards, 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions with a quarterback rating of 85.3. Palmer was severely handicapped, as injuries hampered most of his offensive weapons downfield, his running back, and his offensive line.


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  • Pauly

    They better not do it if he’s a true raider take a pay cut

  • TracyJon Stapleman

    Let him go and test Pryor

  • James Holtslander

    Kick em to the curb,,,, he’s past his prime and throws too many pics for that money.

  • Pauly

    He was past his prime in Cincinnati Jackson screwed us over

  • raiderfan

    If you are going to quote somebody at least quote them correctly please.. The source said “Yes, we’re willing … right now.” Not “for now”

  • Biff T Simonz

    They could have released him and brought in Jason Campbell again at about $2-3 million as a starter. How Ironic would that have been? But Campbell signed with the Browns. Trade him to Arizona for a 2nd to 3rd rounder. The Raiders are in a rebuilding mode.