Job security isn't usually a topic of thought for a team's most established player. Aside from Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski, quarterback Carson Palmer has the most impressive resume of any member of the silver and black.
However, his name has been thrown around in recent months regarding his future in Oakland.
Palmer had a solid 2012 season. He passed for 4,000 yards for the third time in his career and finished with an overall QB rating if 85.3.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Palmer is "not sure what's going to happen, but he'd love to come back (to Oakland) and compete."
The “new era,” coined by Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie hasn’t started well. A team with high hopes going into 2012 came out of the season looking like the franchise of three years prior.
In 2013, Palmer will be owed $13 million by Oakland—who most recently cut Darrius Heyward-Bey, Michael Huff and Philip Wheeler as a salary dump. It only makes sense if he is the next to go.
With former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor waiting in the wings, it's hard not to toy with the idea of inserting him as the starter immediately—especially on a team that is rebuilding.
If I’m Reggie McKenzie, I release Palmer immediately and begin to look further into the prospect of drafting West Virginia quarterback, Geno Smith.
Smith is an athletic passing quarterback whose skill set in college would translate well to the NFL. The 6-foot-3-inch senior from Miami finished his college career with a QB rating of 163.9, according to ESPN.com.
The Raiders have the third overall pick in this year’s NFL draft, so why not use the pick on an important role player? Palmer only has a few good years left in him anyways.
It would be a shame for the Raiders to eventually find their niche, only to start rebuilding again in the near future because their quarterback is too old.
At 33-years-old, Palmer is the third-oldest player on Oakland’s roster. Both Janikowski and guard Cooper Carlisle are 35.
I’m surprised McKenzie hasn’t pulled the trigger yet. Palmer is the reason why he had no first round pick to work with last year—and no second round pick this year.