Palmer: 'Raider Nation is unbelievable'

Palmer: 'Raider Nation is unbelievable'
April 2, 2013, 4:15 pm
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It didn't work out the way I wanted, obviously, but I think that the Raider Nation should be excited for the future...
—Carson Palmer

You didn't expect Carson Palmer to be bitter toward the Raiders did you?

Maybe a tad, after restructuring his contract not once but twice, and then being asked to take a pay cut and, when he balked at the suggestion, being shipped off to Arizona in a trade. Then again, many saw Palmer's agent David Dunn as orchestrating the deal.

In any event, there are no hard feelings between the parties, at least, none that are public.

[NEWS: Raiders ship Palmer to Cardinals]

Palmer was a guest on SiriusXM NFL Radio's "Movin' the Chains" show Tuesday afternoon and was asked about his brief time in Oakland.

"Raider Nation is unbelievable," Palmer said. "It was an opportunity to play for a phenomenal fan base that reaches across the country, across the globe. Played with a lot of great guys. I'm going to miss a lot of guys in that locker room and I had the opportunity to play for some really good coaches.

"It's just, it was unfortunate. It was just really bad timing, really, especially now with the direction they're headed and going young and going a different direction, which I completely understand."

Palmer, 33, was due $13 million in base salary in 2013, $15 million in base salary in 2014. He reportedly restructured for the Cardinals to the tune of $16 million over the next two years after being shipped to Arizona along with a seventh-round pick in this year's draft, No. 219 overall, for the Cardinals' sixth-round pick, No. 176 overall.

With the Raiders last season, and in a revamped offense that did not fit the personnel and with inconsistent receivers, Palmer passed for 4,108 yards with 22 touchdowns and 15 interceptions and an 85.3 passer rating in 14-plus games.

"We'd like to thank Carson Palmer for his services over the past two seasons," Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said in a statement, "and we wish him well with the Cardinals."

When Palmer was acquired at the trade deadline in 2011, then-coach Hue Jackson called it "the greatest trade in football." The Raiders shipped off a first-round pick in the 2012 draft to Cincinnati and what turned out to be a second-round pick this year.

The Bengals have yet to use the second-rounder, obviously. A "great" trade for the Bengals. For the Raiders, not so much.

Palmer left Oakland with a record of 8-16 as the Raiders' starter.

"It didn't work out the way I wanted, obviously, but I think that the Raider Nation should be excited for the future because they've got Dennis Allen, who is an absolute star as a head coach," Palmer said. "Reggie McKenzie is going to do a phenomenal job bringing in talent, evaluating talent and building for the future. They're going to get back.

"I truly believe that with the structure they have, organizationally, they will be back, that Team of the Decades, that attitude that the Raiders had back in the day. I believe that they will be back."

Just not with Palmer.

Earlier in the day, at the media conference announcing his arrival in Arizona, Palmer addressed the reports he had forced his way out of Oakland.

"I was presented with a contract there and I was advised not to sign that contract with no security, no guarantees," Palmer said. "My agent told me that he would never have me sign that contract. That opportunity led me here."