Raiders will try to restructure QB Carson Palmer's contract, scheduled to pay him $13 million this season. Palmer could take Vick-like hit.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 25, 2013
Interesting: now "highly unlikely" Carson Palmer will be willing to restructure his contract meaning OAK pays him $13 million or cuts him.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 25, 2013
When the Oakland Raiders asked Carson Palmer to take a $3 million pay cut earlier this month, his decision seemed like a no-brainer.
By proposing that the 33-year-old quarterback take a relatively modest reduction from his $13 million base salary, rather than a drastic cut, the Raiders were essentially affirming their faith in Palmer's abilities. And given that it's highly unlikely Palmer could command anywhere close to $10 million annually on the open market, staying seemed like the obvious play.
Yet Palmer, Y! Sports has learned and other media outlets have reported, balked at the Raiders' request, a move that could lead to his outright release. 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.
Two people familiar with the situation said the Raiders did not ask Palmer to accept a $10 million salary for 2013 and that the speculation about Palmer’s future is being fueled from outside the organization.
And you throw in a "mysterious document" just for fun. You quote many unnamed, inside and closed to sources whom you never have to reveal, and whom never have to answer for themselves on why they do what they do. You know, Watergate was one thing. They were trying to stop gross excess of power. But this in the fairly trivial world of football (in the larger scope of things although admittedly a big money business) just really seems like they've gone over the top this time.
What do you think? Anybody else having trouble taking the media serious besides me?