By Eric Schmidt

Oakland Raiders veteran QB Carson Palmer has been ruled out for the team’s season finale against the San Diego Chargers. Palmer suffered broken ribs and a bruised lung on Sunday in the Raiders loss to the Carolina Panthers. Given a disappointing season and an impending $13 million dollar salary in 2013, you have to wonder if Carson Palmer has played his last game of his career with the Raiders.

Palmer finished the season ranked in the middle of the pack of starting quarterbacks, at 16th. He reached the 4,000 yard mark and finished with 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, garnering a 85.3 passer rating.

Palmer will turn 33 in two days and is not the serious long term answer for the Oakland Raiders. I would believe that Oakland would hang on to him next season if this was a team right on the verge of making a playoff run, but after a 4-11 season, this is a franchise that needs a lot of help around the field at different positions.

Palmer is not a horrible quarterback and would likely find several suitors as a free agent if he were to be released. The veteran free agent quarterback crop is exceptionally thin in 2013 so he would likely generate significant interest. Palmer would be an immediate upgrade in Arizona.

Then again, you have to wonder whether or not Palmer wants to continue playing. He did “retire” once already as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Raiders have officially announced a starting quarterback for the team’s last regular season game against the San Diego Chargers. Matt Leinart will likely be the starter with Terrelle Pryor coming in for some special package plays.

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  1. avatar Scott

    Palmer retired from Cincinnati because he wanted out.He thought he was to good for the team i guess and wanted traded,Brown wanted him to fulfill his contract eventually he got his wish.

    And yes he is that bad,after leaving Cincinnati we have had to back to back playoff appearances.

    Why anyone would even consider him is beyond me.

     
  2. avatar Scott

    Palmer retired from Cincinnati because he wanted out.He thought he was to good for the team i guess and wanted traded,Brown wanted him to fulfill his contract eventually he got his wish.

    And yes he is that bad,after leaving Cincinnati we have had two back to back playoff appearances.

    Why anyone would even consider him is beyond me.

     
  3. avatar Mark

    In the late 90′s when the raiders picked up rich gannon, alot of fans thought wtf? Why are we getting this washed up guy? I, like some others thought he was a short term fix. So when the raiders got palmer it seemed similiar to that situation. The difference is that gannon, like him or not, was a fired up guy on the same page as his coach (gruden). I don’t think that palmers a bad quarterback, He’s just not the answer to all there problems. He doesn’t seem to have that same fire as gannon did. Yes, He’s kept them in a couple of games only to screw up and fumble or throw a pick. But he also threw some nice passes that were dropped, so it’s not all his fault. Lets talk about that cr@p defense. Even if he did do better that defense was horrible. What ever happened to the cb’s spencer and bartell that were to help out that pass defense? And rolando mcclain? Alot of so called good players that did squat. Anyway, that’s my take.

     

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