Last month, Raiders G.M. Reggie McKenzie told Pro Football Talk there will be competition at the quarterback position. Which could open the door for Terrelle Pryor.
And close it for Carson Palmer.
With a $13 million base salary in 2013, the cap-strapped Raiders will have a hard time keeping Palmer at that level of pay, unless he’s the clear-cut starter.
“Not sure what’s going to happen,” Palmer told Paul Gutierrez of CSNBayArea.com via email. “Would love to be back in Oakland and compete.”
To make that happen, Palmer may have to take less money. Maybe a lot less money.
And while he may not be willing to do that, the real question is whether the Raiders will be offering Palmer more than what another team would offer. Technically, Palmer isn’t supposed to know that while still under contract with the Raiders.
As a practical matter, Palmer’s agent will know what’s behind Door No. 2 before having to decide on whether to take a reduced offer from the Raiders.