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Oakland Raiders’ Fan’s Look: Quarterback Carson Palmer Makes Sacrifices for the Silver and Black
Several players on the Oakland Raiders have already made financial sacrifices to help the team. Yesterday, it was reported that defensive tackle Richard Seymour and safety Michael Huff both had their salaries restructured in an effort to alleviate the team's salary cap pressures.
Late yesterday, the news was released that the Raiders' quarterback, Carson Palmer , has done the same. Although the exact details were not made known, it was speculated that Palmer may have reduced his salary to the 10-year veteran minimum of $925,000 and possibly converted the rest into signing bonuses resulting in a savings of $7.725 million this season.
While many fans throughout Raider Nation may have fantasized about bringing free agent Peyton Manning on as quarterback, that idea is certainly just that, a fantasy. Now that that issue is out of the way, we need to focus on the man who will lead the team at quarterback in 2012 and forget about the so-called controversial trade with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Nearly five months after the deal in which the Raiders gave up a 2012 first-round draft pick and a 2013 second-round pick for the veteran quarterback, some are still putting the blame on former head coach Hue Jackson and questioning the move. Obviously, it's been a done deal for quite some time, and there is no going back. The odds of Jason Campbell wearing silver and black are probably slim to none, and there is virtually no chance of getting the recently cut Super Bowl MVP quarterback, Manning.
Palmer has proven his dedication and loyalty to the Raiders, and he is very excited to start the 2012 season. After a shaky start in 2011, he'll have had time to develop a rhythm with his weapons on offense, and there is no doubt he has some great players on the field to work with. It's time to put our faith behind the highly underrated quarterback.
As of yet, there has been no word on whether or not Kamerion Wimbley will follow suit and take a pay cut to stay on the team. If he does not, and is cut by March 17, Oakland could save between $1.9 million and $4.5 million for 2012 cap purposes. It's been awfully quiet as far as Wimbley is concerned, and it's starting to look like he will not return next season.
Aaron Curry is one of the next on the list, but he has made it clear that he would like to be a Raider for life. As a fan, I believe that players who don't share his attitude, should not be wearing the silver and black. Palmer, Huff and Seymour are also true Raiders, and I think next season will prove the positive impact that can have when it translates into a winning record.
K.C. Dermody grew up in the Bay Area of California, and has been an Oakland Raiders fan for her entire life. She has continued her loyalty to the team through its many ups and downs over the decades, and has been privileged to meet several of her favorite players, including famed quarterback, Jim Plunkett. Follow her on Twitter @kcdermody or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kcdermodywriter.
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