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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