Examining Raiders’ Failed Carson Palmer Experiment and What’s Next for QB

It wasn't exactly a Herschel Walker-esque fleecing, but the Cincinnati Bengals got the best of the 2011 trade they made with the Raiders that sent quarterback Carson Palmer to Oakland in exchange for a 2012 first-round pick and a 2013 second-round pick. 

Less than two years removed from that deal, the Palmer experiment has failed, and now, there's a chance he won't play another down in Oakland. 

Sources tell Yahoo! Sports' Mike Silver that Palmer isn't willing to restructure his huge contract, a "move that could lead to his outright release." Also, "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."

With a base salary of $13 million in 2013, all signs are pointing to the 33-year-old former No. 1 overall pick playing elsewhere, potentially as a backup, this upcoming season. 

Palmer compiled an 8-16 record as a starter with the Raiders, and he threw 35 touchdowns with 30 interceptions. 

Where did the Palmer experiment go wrong? 


Mid-season start

They say it takes time for a quarterback to establish a rapport with his pass-catchers, and Palmer's time to formulate a connection with his receivers and tight ends in Oakland was significantly limited. He was traded on October 18 and was forced to play in the next week's game on October 23 against the Kansas City Chiefs thanks to a horrendous outing by Kyle Boller.

The result?

Palmer finished the game 8-of-21 for 116 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions in a 28-0 defeat.

Sure, Palmer and then head coach Hue Jackson had a vast history together, but the rust hadn't been entirely shaken off. 

Remember, before that, the veteran quarterback hadn't played ...

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