It is coming out today that Carson Palmer is unlikely to restructure his contract with the Oakland Raiders. There was some hope that the two sides would work out a deal on Monday but now it seems like that will not happen. With Palmer due $13 million this season the team will be forced to make a decision whether to keep or release him.
Palmer passed for 4,018 yards with 22 touchdowns in 2012. The Raiders acquired Palmer from the Cincinnati Bengals in 2011 for a first round draft pick in 2012 and a second round in the 2013 draft. With that many high draft picks Palmer really never was given a true shot in Oakland. Anything but a All-Pro performance would put him in a bad light with Oakland fans.
Reggie McKenzie, Raiders GM, stated that the backup QB Terrelle Pryor was going to get a chance to compete for the starting job in 2013. It seems that the people who have been screaming for Pryor will finally get their wish.
It also puts some question on who the Raiders will choose in their 1st round 3rd overall pick in the draft. Some are saying that the Raiders might go after Geno Smith. This would be a good move but as long as they don’t stick him in immediately. You have to build this kid so Smith will take some work. If you throw him in too quick you will ruin him.