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Dust-up may lead Palmer to backup role elsewhere

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07:55 AM ET 03.28 | On the surface, the Raiders asking Carson Palmer to take a $3 million pay cut seemed reasonable for both parties. Yet Palmer, Y! Sports has learned and other media outlets have reported, balked at the Raiders' request, a move that could lead to his outright release. The quarterback's decision, according to three sources familiar with Palmer's mindset, is based on a sense that Oakland's prospects for success in 2013 are so bleak that money is no longer the predominant factor in his thought process. Palmer's rejection of the Raiders' proposal could lead him to the Arizona Cardinals, who are in the market for a starting quarterback, or possibly put him on the path to becoming a backup for a contending team.

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March 28, 2013  08:08 AM ET

And they question Geno Smith!!!!!!

March 28, 2013  08:10 AM ET

Or maybe, just maybe, he could be living the dream that he talked about in Cincinatti. Remember, he told the world that he had enough money to retire, and didn't need to take the deal the Bengals were offering?

Go for it, Carson. Live the dream. Football doesn't need you anymore.

March 28, 2013  08:13 AM ET

I don't blame him for wanting out, but not sure anyone else will be paying more, so he may be 100% up front in what he's saying.

March 28, 2013  08:22 AM ET

I understand why he wouldn't want to play for Oakland anymore. Not budging on his contract is a good way to get an unconditional release and then he can either call it a day or go wherever he wants.

March 28, 2013  09:11 AM ET

He's had it...

March 28, 2013  09:34 AM ET

Maybe he figures he's worth his contract considering how much money the Raiders flushed down the hopper on JMac?

March 28, 2013  09:52 AM ET

USC quarterbacks...buyer beware!

March 28, 2013  10:09 AM ET

Teams try to back out of more contracts than players ever did. Not even close. So, the next time some player wants a redo or a trade, none of that you signed it B.S.

March 28, 2013  10:13 AM ET

Why doesnt he get the same bad pub as others have for these type of actions?? He forced his way out of Cincy (who got BETTER after he left) now hes whining in Oakland...SMH...come on! He's acting like he is or ever was elite. He was 'pretty good' in his best years, never top tier. But yet he has this attitude like he's owed something?? GTFOH please

March 28, 2013  10:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I understand why he wouldn't want to play for Oakland anymore. Not budging on his contract is a good way to get an unconditional release and then he can either call it a day or go wherever he wants.

Basically, the same reason he wanted out of Cincinatti after they paid him so well. Palmer has a false sense of self-worth in the NFL.

March 28, 2013  10:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Why doesnt he get the same bad pub as others have for these type of actions?? He forced his way out of Cincy (who got BETTER after he left) now hes whining in Oakland...SMH...come on! He's acting like he is or ever was elite. He was 'pretty good' in his best years, never top tier. But yet he has this attitude like he's owed something?? GTFOH please

THIS!

March 28, 2013  11:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Palmer has a false sense of self-worth in the NFL.

It probably has more to do with his winning the Heisman than it does his ability.

March 28, 2013  11:33 AM ET

Funny article. So the gist is he won't take a pay cut but money isn't the predominant factor in his decision making. If he's trying to force his way out to play for a contender then he'll almost certainly be a backup because contenders already have starting QBs.

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March 28, 2013  11:43 AM ET

Raiders just need to cut the guy and move on already.

March 28, 2013  11:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Why doesnt he get the same bad pub as others have for these type of actions?? He forced his way out of Cincy (who got BETTER after he left) now hes whining in Oakland...SMH...come on! He's acting like he is or ever was elite. He was 'pretty good' in his best years, never top tier. But yet he has this attitude like he's owed something?? GTFOH please

Co-sign this 100%.

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March 28, 2013  01:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Basically, the same reason he wanted out of Cincinatti after they paid him so well. Palmer has a false sense of self-worth in the NFL.

It was some owners and GMs who determined his worth. Blame them, no player sets the market place or determines his worth, the buyer does.

Hey, honor the contract or cut him. Not hard at all, teams want it both ways.

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