NFL Trade Rumors: Cardinals' Deal for Carson Palmer May Not Happen after All

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Dec 16, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer (3) gestures against the Kansas City Chiefs at the Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports







It’s unclear if this is a trade between the Oakland Raiders and Arizona Cardinals, of if the Raiders have given permission to the Cardinals to negotiate a new deal with Palmer once they release him. Either way, Seahawks backup QB Matt Flynn is now expected to be the Raiders’ new starting QB, and the Cards will likely have Palmer starting for them.

Palmer recently turned down a $3 million pay cut from his $13 million base salary. It was an indication Palmer has no desire to return to Oakland, where he’s gone 8-16 as a starter, and is now being replaced in favor of Matt Flynn. The Seahawks originally signed Flynn to a three-year, $19.5 million contract on March 21, 2012. That deal included $10 million in guaranteed money, including $2 million of Flynn’s $5.25 million base salary for the 2013 season, but he ultimately was  beat-out for the starting gig by Russell Wilson.

By trading Flynn, the Seahawks will save $5.25 million in cash and $3.25 million in salary cap space for 2013.  


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