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.