The Raiders are about to complete a quarterback swap, finalizing an agreement to trade Carson Palmer to the Arizona Cardinals, according to USA Today.
The report states that the teams “discussed a swap of late-round picks in 2013 while the Raiders would also pick up another Day 3 draft selection.”
The Cardinals will also restructure Palmer’s contract to pay him $8 million, not including incentives. It was Palmer’s refusal to take a pay cut that led the Raiders to make a change at quarterback, acquiring Matt Flynn and shipping 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.