The Eagles owed quarterback Mike Vick $15.5 million for 2013. They’ll pay him considerably less.
The Raiders owe quarterback Carson Palmer $13 million for 2013. Vick’s new deal could provide the template for a similar arrangement.
Though many assume the Raiders will simply cut Palmer, Palmer needs to consider what could be lurking behind Door No. 2 before telling the Raiders to take their offer of a reduced contract and shove it. If, in the end, the Raiders are willing to pay as much or more than any other team, why wouldn’t Palmer take less money to stay?
When Palmer retired two years ago, he was widely believed to be interested in playing for a team on the West Coast. Unless he’s planning to join the Cardinals in the suddenly-elite NFC West, Palmer has no real options that don’t entail moving far away from California.
Ultimately, the question is whether any other team would pay him a significant amount to become that team’s starting quarterback in 2013. It could be that only the Raiders want him to be the starter — and that only the Raiders will pay a significant chunk of change, even if it’s much less than what he’s currently owed.