Originally published on SBReport.net on April 1, 2013
Just a season and a half after being called "the greatest trade in football" by then-head coach Hue Jackson, it appears that the Carson Palmer era is coming to an end.
Jackson, after the passing of Al Davis, traded a first-round draft pick in last season's draft and the Raiders' second-round draft pick this year for Palmer, who only appeared 25 games, including starting in 15 games last season and racking up 4,018 yards, 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in a struggling offense. The season marked the first Raiders quarterback to throw for over 4,000 yards since Rich Gannon threw for 4,689 yards in his MVP season in 2002.
Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com, along with other reputable outlets, are reporting that Carson Palmer will be traded to the Arizona Cardinals, likely for late pick compensation.
The Raiders had been in talks with Palmer about restructuring his contract but it quickly became learned that the two sides were not seeing eye to eye.
It was largely believed that the Raiders would release the veteran quarterback to avoid having to pay his heavy contract, but getting anything in return for Palmer's departure should be considered a victory for Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie.
The Raiders will still have to pay Palmer about $9 million in dead money with the trade, but avoid his upcoming years' salaries.
It is believed that Palmer will restructure his contract for the trade to the Cardinals.
The Raiders brought in Matt Flynn from the Seattle Seahawks in a trade on Monday morning as part of their attempt to replace Palmer.