The Oakland Raiders are expected to get rid of last year’s starting quarterback Carson Palmer, who is set to make $13 million in 2013. Oakland will attempt to trade Palmer once they sort out their own quarterback situation and the Arizona Cardinals have been named as an obvious suitor. According to Peter King of SI.com, there is a very strong chance that Palmer will end up with the Cardinals.
King went on to write that the Raiders would likely get a fourth or fifth-round pick for their overpaid signal-caller.
Once Palmer has a new home, he will have to restructure his deal.
If the Cardinals are the ones to swing a deal for the veteran quarterback, they will be able to look at defense or offensive line with their first pick in the draft. Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher would be a great pick for the team or they could look in the direction of a number of pass rushers.
It would also be an unfortunate trade for Drew Stanton, who looks like the favorite to win the job if the team does not acquire Palmer.
This would be the second straight season that Stanton joined a team with hopes of climbing to the No. 1 spot on the depth chart only to see the team make another trade at the position. Maybe one day he will get his shot.
There are a few weeks until the draft, so this quarterback situation should play itself out. Currently, everything is waiting on the potential Matt Flynn deal between Seattle and Oakland that was slowed over the weekend because of the holidays. Something could be happening on that front in the next two days.