Unfortunately for the cap-strapped Raiders
I dont think we will cut him, for all that dead money. But I see the team giving lots of 1st team snaps to TPryorI'm confused. How does this alleviate the problems with Carson Palmer's contract?
I read this article and have been seeing the rumors of not wanting to pay him this money and thats all fine and good but it would be financial suicide for this season to outright cut him. There isnt a way to restructure him, but there may be a tiny light to trade him. There are only 2 teams I can see that could be looking to add someone like Palmer and thats Cleveland and Minnesota. But the Vikes have some salary issues and who knows how they Ponder their qb situation.
But Cleveland is interesting to me. They hired Lombardi who has bashed them relentlesly for drafting Brandon Weeden, thats gonna be hard tracks to recover from, much like Elway and his Tebow comments before the season 2 years ago. It ends in the inevitable. Weeden I dont think will be Cleveland come next year. Colt McCoy doesnt seem to fit Norv Turners offense. They are transitioning to a 34 defense and they had just signed D'Qwell Jackson to an extension the year before, but he has struggled in their 34 defenses in the past while he has excelled in the 43 defenses they have run.
I look at Cleveland and see a great LT and center combo. What could be a special running game, an emerging young wide out and a defense that could suprise some people. If you added a qb to what they have that can down the field, they may be a suprise team next year.
I've read and seen the rumors that Lombardi is high on Ryan Mallet and really wants him. But he wont come cheap from New England and they are down the 2nd rd pick from drafting the wide out in the supplemental draft. Its too big of a gamble IMO for them to trade a 1st rd pick for Mallet and not draft until the 3rd rd. Carson Palmer makes a lot of sense on a lot of different angles at least from point of view for the Browns.
1) He is only 2 years removed from playing in that division. He knows those defenses and knows the wars.
2) Norv Turner is the new offensive coord and is next door neighbors with Palmer.
3) Cleveland has cap room and this important when discussing Palmer and his contract.
The Raiders cant expect to get draft picks in return if they where to move Palmer. The picks they traded to get him, are over and done with and if they want to move on from it, thats fine, but it better make sense. I think Cleveland makes sense in a trade but I dont know if it would all come together or not. Its one of those things that I think on paper makes a lot of sense, but you never know.
If McClain wasn't such a sh8head they probably could have orchestrated a trade that involved him and Palmer for Jackson and McCoy straight up. Maybe they still could, but thats a lot of money for Cleveland to take on while not shedding all that much.
Finally when it comes to Palmer and his status in Oakland they really need to decide whats most important. Getting the cap space, getting someone new in here, ripping everything up, whatever the case is. Just do it right. Dont half ass it like last year.