3 Reasons Why Carson Palmer Won’t Stay in Oakland


There are many reasons as to why quarterback Carson Palmer is no longer a fit with the Oakland Raiders.

Dec 6, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer (3) looks for a receiver during the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

1) Money

Palmer is due $13 million this year on a contract that has now become bloated beyond reality. He is a 33 year-old gunslinger that only managed a 44.7 QBR in 2012-13.

Various reports such as this one from ESPN are stating that Palmer is not likely to restructure his contract.

2) He Is A Hue Jackson Product

Coaches and general managers always want to build around their own guys. Palmer was not brought in the building by current general manager Reggie McKenzie . He was imported in from the Bengals on a bad trade executed at a vulnerable time by Hue Jackson. Jackson and Palmer have history that dates back to Palmer’s days as a USC Trojan.

None of that works to his favor with the current administration.If Palmer does balk at a restructured deal, there is not a record of loyalty or success built into that situation to keep him around.

3) Oakland Needs To Figure Out Terrelle Pryor Once For All

Dec 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (6) walks out onto the field after the Raiders were beat by the San Diego Chargers 24-21 at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The only way that the Raiders will figure out what they do or don’t have with Terrelle Pryor is to give him extended time under center. Pryor dominated his competition at both the high school and college levels. His skill set as a mobile quarterback is the flavor of the day in the NFL.

If Oakland needs to wipe the slate clean and move on with a new guy altogether, they can’t do that with Palmer on the roster. McKenzie has gone on the record stating that Pryor will have a chance to ” compete” for the starting job this year.

He just did not specify with whom.

The Raiders pick at the number three spot in the 2013 draft. West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith could very likely be available.

Just saying…

Those points said, if Palmer refuses the deal it most likely won’t be over compensation. He was more than ready to retire when he wanted out of Cincinnati and owner Paul Brown dangled his contract over his head two years ago.

It could be that he simply wants to play somewhere else. By refusing to redo his deal, he understands that he is forcing Oakland’s hand.

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