Dec 6, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer (3) during warm ups before the game against the Denver Broncos at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders: Carson Palmer May Prefer Backup Role on Winning Team

Earlier this week, it was reported that Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer was “highly unlikely” to take a pay cut, forcing the Raiders hand to either release him or pay him his full $13 million salary.

Now, we may know why.

A source tell Yahoo! Sports:

Carson isn’t 28, and he doesn’t know how much time he has left. Does he want to be with a team that is clearly rebuilding and looks like it’s a long way away from contending, where he doesn’t have a whole lot around him?

He’s gotten to play a lot in his career, but he hasn’t gotten to experience a lot of winning. At this point, I think being somewhere where they have a chance to win is the most important thing.

Essentially, Palmer may be more willing to be the backup with a winning team than the starter on a rebuilding franchise like the Raiders, which is why he refused the pay cut.

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

    Yes go Leave don’t let the door hit you Where the good Lord split you

  • jeff yaws

    palmer doin the same S#!T he did in cincy. and he would rather win a championship behind some other QB’s merit then puttin in the work on a building team,..palmer is a douche and needs to effin leave, way he stays in oakland now because after saying that his teammates hate him and wont play for him now,..good ridence douchebag!!!

  • Ricky Bobby

    If he takes a cut to be traded I’m in. Start TP , sign Vince Young.

  • Pridenpoise

    I can’t believe I have been defending this POS, see ya Carson. If you don’t want to try and be part of the solution your your part of the problem. Beat it. Let Pryor have his shot, find a capable back up ( as long as his name is not Vince Young ) and we will go from there. If Pryor does not work out there’s always next years draft.