Palmer would 'love' to be back in Oakland next season

Palmer would 'love' to be back in Oakland next season
March 5, 2013, 6:15 pm
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Carson Palmer is due to make a base salary of $13 million this season, with a salary cap number of $15.335 million. (AP)

As speculation continues to swirl about the Raiders needing Carson Palmer to take a paycut to stay on the roster in 2013, the quarterback told CSNBayArea.com Tuesday he is playing the waiting game as well.

In an email exchange, Palmer said he had not heard anything regarding his future.

"Not sure what's going to happen," Palmer wrote. "Would love to be back in Oakland and compete."

Palmer, 33, passed for 4,018 yards in 14-plus games last season, the second-highest single season total in Raiders franchise history. He also had 22 touchdown passes, his second-most since 2007, and 14 interceptions, the third-fewest of his career in which he's appeared in at least 13 games.

His season ended, though, in the first quarter of the Raiders' penultimate game of the season, at Carolina on Dec. 23, when Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy speared him on the left side. Palmer suffered cracked ribs and a bruised lung on the hit.

Palmer, acquired in 2011 by former coach Hue Jackson from Cincinnati for what turned out to be a first-round pick in the 2012 NFL draft and a second-rounder in 2013, restructured his contract to give the Raiders salary cap room last season and played for a base salary of $825,000. As such, he is due to make a base salary of $13 million this season, with a salary cap number of $15.335 million.

He is also due to make base salaries of $15 million in 2014, 2015 and 2016, with salary cap numbers of $17.335 million for each year as well. The contract's years of 2015 and 2016, though, void if he is on the roster five days after the Super Bowl in 2015, according to documents obtained by CSNBayArea.com.