What seemed like a certainty earlier today may not happen so easily.
Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports is reporting that trade talks to send Carson Palmer from the Raiders to the Cardinals have “hit a snag,” and it is “unsure if it can be overcome at this point.”
Earlier reports indicated that the two teams were finalizing a trade for Palmer, who looks to be on the outs in Oakland after the acquisition of Matt Flynn from the Seahawks.
One report stated the teams “discussed a swap of late-round picks in 2013 while the Raiders would also pick up another Day 3 draft selection.”
It was Palmer’s refusal to take a pay cut that led the Raiders to make a change at quarterback, acquiring Matt Flynn and now attempting to ship Palmer out.
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.
If talks with the Cardinals have indeed broken down, look for other teams to come calling. The 49ers and Buccaneers have been linked to Palmer, who has interest in playing for them.