Carson Palmer, who the Raiders gave up multiple draft picks to acquire before the trade deadline in 2011, refused to take a pay in Oakland and he was traded to Arizona Monday, after the Raiders completed a trade for Matt Flynn. According to Adam Schefter, the trade is for only a conditional seventh round pick, if Palmer starts at least 13 games. So, basically the Raiders got rid of him in exchange for not having any contract issues, and he likely has a renegotiated deal with Arizona we will hear about shortly. (Jason La Canfora said $8 million yesterday).
Carson Palmer threw for over 4,000 yards last year, and will hope to experience a revival in the desert like Kurt Warner did playing with Larry Fitzgerald. Palmer was not as good as his numbers last year, particularly early in games, but he still represents a dramatic improvement over the Arizona quarterback situation last season. At one point, I recommended they would be better off just not playing a quarterback. Remember, during a four game stretch, the Arizona quarterbacks accounted for barely over 500 yards of offense, and had 0 touchdowns to 12 turnovers.
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