Dec 16, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer (3) gestures against the Kansas City Chiefs at the O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Carson Palmer On Why He Left the Oakland Raiders


When the Oakland Raiders acquired Carson Palmer in the midst of the 2011 season, they thought they were getting a viable replacement for the injured Jason Campbell and a quarterback that could lead them into the postseason. Two years later, when he was unceremoniously traded to the Arizona Cardinals, they probably were shaking their heads having wasted two high draft picks.

Palmer did not help the Raiders earn a playoff appearance that season, going 4-5 as a starter. The next year, despite throwing for over 4,000 yards, the Raiders went 4-12 with Palmer under center.

Then, this past offseason, with General Manager Reggie McKenzie in rebuilding mode, the Raiders parted ways with Palmer, trading him to the Cardinals.

With Palmer and the Cardinals back in the Bay Area to play the 49ers on Sunday, he was asked about why he left the Raiders.

“I thought I was going to be there early on and then as the offseason unfolded I realized I wasn’t part of the plan,” Palmer told Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle. “I’ve been around long enough to understand that. And accept it. And understand the business side Noof things. I started looking to the future because I realized I wasn’t going to be part of that anymore.”

The Raiders have surely moved on from Palmer. They have a quarterback with a completely different playing style at the helm now in Terrelle Pryor, as they look to rebuild the team.

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  • AF AF AF

    Who cares.. He was a mistake and now he is gone. His picks will not be missed at all, nor will his big contract. TP2 should have been given a chance earlier and im very happy with his attitude!

  • Bob

    He was owed $13 million too. That was not going to happen.

  • Silvia Arredondo

    Yeah and we are better off and happier with Pryor

  • Angel

    Remember how stoked we were on that Thursday night game against the Chargers when Palmer found D. Moore down the field a bunch of times?? We all felt like he was “the guy”. It wasn’t Palmers fault for the wasted draft picks. I respect Palmer.

    And how was Palmer going to succeed with Greg Knapp?? When Palmer was controlling the offense we were good. Palmers audibles gave us TD’s. For instance the Atlanta game last year. We had em cause of Palmer’s audibles and arm. Our defense couldn’t hold em off, so we lost. But how lucky are we to have Pryor?? Damn….

    -since birth
    Go Raiders!!!

    • AF AF AF

      I agree with u but look at palmer alone. Between the 20 yards line great.. Amazing numbers but he couldnt put the ball in the nzone. I dont cares whos calling the plays you should be able to put 6 on the board. We went i think 4 games last year without a td towards the end of the season. He is alway waaaay to predictable he throws way too many picks even look at this year. Decent qb but no means is he a great qb ( he may have been a while back but not anymore)

  • big ROC

    Carson ‘pick 6′ Palmer refused to take a pay cut. That’s why he’s gone. He’s too prone to the the interception when it counts. He through game ending picks against the Bucs and Falcons on potential game when drives last season. He doesn’t have the arm he used to.

    If only the Raiders let Terrelle Pryor start the final four or five games of last season he would be that much more experienced and further along with his development as a QB.

  • Benjamin Jimenez

    Palmer is a pocket passer and without a good offensive line to protect him we would of had another sorry season with him as our QB

  • Danny Saeed

    It takes time to find a quarterback. Thought Palmer could have been the guy, but surely was not. Pryor seems to be the answer.