The Carson Palmer saga has reached an ultimatum…
According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Raiders are “deep in talks” with the Seahawks to acquire quarterback Matt Flynn, but they want to give Carson Palmer a final chance to accept a pay cut instead of releasing him.
If he still refuses to slash his salary, the Raiders will trade for Flynn and cut Palmer, and all that could happen by the end of the day.
A recent report suggested that it is “highly unlikely” that Palmer would agree to restructure his contract for next season.
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.
Flynn, who backed up Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay for four seasons, signed a lucrative three-year, $19.5 million deal with the Seattle last offseason, only to be benched in favor of Russell Wilson. Wilson completely took over the reigns, leading the Seahawks to the playoffs and leaving Flynn in the dust.
Stay tuned, because the future of the Raiders could take a major turn today.