The Oakland Raiders are expected to complete a deal that would bring quarterback Matt Flynn over from Seattle. While one quarterback could be joining the roster, a highly paid veteran appears to be on his way out. Carson Palmer is set to earn $13 million in 2013 and Oakland is ready to part ways. Surprisingly, there is one potential suitor that is willing to make a trade for the overpaid signal-caller for a package of draft picks.
According to Mike Jurecki of XTRA Phoenix, the Arizona Cardinals are “looking into” trading for the Raiders quarterback for a few conditional picks and a restructured contract. He wrote:
Az looking into acquiring QB Carson Palmer, would need to restructure his current contract, compensation would be conditional draft pk(s).
— Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) March 30, 2013
The fact that the Raiders could get compensation for a player that they will certainly release is unbelievable, but it goes to show you that the Cardinals are not as set on their current group of quarterbacks — Drew Stanton, John Skelton, Ryan Lindley and Brian Hoyer — as they have been expressing in the public.
If the Cardinals really are interested in Palmer, they should do the wise thing and wait for him to be released. Trading for him would be a big mistake that could come back to haunt the team.