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.