The Oakland Raiders are coming off another disappointing season and will reportedly head into the NFL offseason well over the 2013 salary cap. One possible move for the Raiders will be to ask QB Carson Palmer to renegotiate his contract moving forward. Oakland is expected to be approximately $4.5 million over the salary cap next season.
Palmer has been lackluster under center during his tenure with the Raiders, winning just eight game while dropping 16. He has 35 touchdowns and 30 interceptions. His salary number is over $13 million next season and at this point in his career, he is certainly not worth the money.
Of course, Palmer does not have to agree to a salary reduction, and then Oakland would have to release him outright if he decides to holdout. The Raiders really don’t have a lot of other options at the quarterback position. There is a lackluster free agent pool and no really surefire, can’t miss in the rookie quarterback class this season.
Oakland has Terrelle Pryor on the roster, but he doesn’t appear to be ready to assume the starting role next season.
Of course, the Raiders might decide that they won’t significantly reduce Palmer’s number next year. In order to reduce their salary number, another player on the offensive side of the ball could be a salary cap casualty. WR Darrius Heyward-Bey.
In 2011, Heyward-Bey looked as if he was on the verge of breaking out as a receiver after logging 64 receptions and just less than 1,000 yards. The Maryland product regressed under first-year head coach Dennis Allen in 2012 however. Heyward-Bey recorded just 39 catches for 593 yards.
Heyward-Bey is entering the final year of his rookie contract and slated to earn $7.721 million next year. Based on 2012 numbers, he will likely have to tame a significant pay cut in order to remain with the Raiders, or else he will be given his release.