Carson Palmer might choose to leave dysfunctional Raiders for a backup job

What's better, starting for the Raiders or taking less money to be a backup elsewhere?

3/28/13 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

Dec 22, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer (3) on the sidelines in the second half. The Panthers defeated the Raiders 17-6 at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY SportsThe question posed in the headline might seem a bit crazy, but according to Yahoo's Michael Silver, that's a choice that Carson Palmer is seriously contemplating right now.

The Raiders are asking Palmer to restructure his contract and bump his annual salary down from $13M to $10M per year.

If he stays with the Raiders, Palmer would certainly be the starter. And he'd be making $10M per year, which many would argue is above his current market value. What's not to like about that, right?

Well, not so fast, according to a source close to Palmer:
"Carson isn't 28, and he doesn't know how much time he has left. Does he want to be with a team that is clearly rebuilding and looks like it's a long way away from contending, where he doesn't have a whole lot around him? He's gotten to play a lot in his career, but he hasn't gotten to experience a lot of winning. At this point, I think being somewhere where they have a chance to win is the most important thing."

Oh, so he wants to win? Sounds like it's time to get the hell out of Dodge. Or Oakland, in this case.

There's no question that the Raiders are one of the most perennially awful organizations in the NFL, and there's little hope that anything will change in the next couple years. The management has been incompetent for years, and things just aren't looking up.

If he leaves Oakland, possible landing spots for Palmer include Arizona, where he would start, as well as a potential backup spot in Seattle (assuming they trade Matt Flynn), San Francisco, or Tampa Bay.

If he really wants to win, San Francisco or Seattle would be the obvious choice. Reuniting with Pete Carroll in Seattle could give him a fresh start, even if he has to sit on the bench behind Russell Wilson. And if winning is a priority, the Seahawks and 49ers are both legitimate Super Bowl contenders who made key moves in the offseason.

If you were Carson Palmer, what would you do? Stick with the Raiders for a guaranteed starting job and more money? Or take your chances elsewhere and try chasing a ring?
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3/28/13   |   natsaar   |   160 respect

He'd be a decent backup QB somewhere, but this league is quickly becoming about young, fast QBs who can move their feet.