The Raiders did indeed make a last-ditch attempt to keep Carson Palmer before trading him to the Cardinals for next to nothing.
Palmer told Albert Breer of the NFL Network that the Raiders offered him a contract with no guaranteed money, and he was advised by his agent not to take it.
After being traded to Arizona, Palmer restructure his contract to two years, $16 million, with $10 million guaranteed.
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.