Report: Palmer expected to start Sunday

565224.jpg

Report: Palmer expected to start Sunday

Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer, acquired Tuesday from the Bengals, is expected to start Sunday vs. the Chiefs, according to a national media outlet. It will be Palmer's first start since Jan. 2, 2011, when he was with Cincinnati.

ESPN reported on the air Wednesday morning that Palmer was in line to start, and ESPN NFL reporter Adam Schefter published the following message on his Twitter account:

"No big surprise, but Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer is expected to start Sunday versus the Chiefs."

Offensive coordinator Al Saunders strongly suggested that Palmer will be the man for the Raiders on Sunday when he was asked Wednesday on Kansas City's Fescoe in the Morning on 610 Sports Radio what Palmer needs to do to be the Raiders starter.

Saunders answered, As long as hes breathing.

"He walked out on the field (Tuesday) and everybody kind of looked at everybody and said, You know what? This is a real quarterback,'" Saunders said. "That was the comment made by a couple people as they watched him throw. It just depends on how quickly he feels comfortable in what were doing and that shouldnt take too long."

If so, it will mark the second straight week that a new player has stepped into the starting lineup. Last week linebacker Aaron Curry arrived via trade from Seattle and was installed as Oakland's starting weakside linebacker.

Coach Hue Jackson was asked about the prospect of Palmer starting days after donning his No. 3 jersey and deflected the question.

"You think Im going to tell you that right now? You know me a little bit better than that," Jackson said Tuesday. "OK, all you guys try, Im not going to let that out of the bag just yet. But youve got to be ready for anything from me. I think you know that. Well see as we continue to move through the week exactly where we are."

Palmer was also noncommittal at his introductory press conference.

Its going to take some time. I think the only way you can get in football shape is by playing football. You can run wind sprints and lift weights and all those things, but calling a play in the huddle when youre tired, after you just ran, you get the wind knocked out of you, getting up off the ground, ready to talk in the huddle, catching your breath, thats football shape," Palmer said.

"And they only way to do that is in practice and in games. So obviously Im not there yet but Ill lift until Im 75 years old or a doctor tells me not to. Ill stay in shape my whole life. I enjoy working out so although my mindset was This might be it, I might be retired I still was working out and doing a lot of the things Ive been doing my whole career."

The Raiders acquired Palmer for a first-round draft pick in next April's draft, as well as a future conditional pick.

Palmer's career record as a starting quarterback is 46-51, bottoming out with last year's 4-12 mark that hastened his request for a trade, despite his signing a six-year contract extension with the Bengals that took his initial deal through 2014 and made him, at the time, the highest paid player in the NFL on Dec. 29, 2005.

Oakland stadium authority director doesn't want Raiders in 2019

Oakland stadium authority director doesn't want Raiders in 2019

PHOENIX – The Raiders hope to play the next three years in the Bay Area before moving to Las Vegas. They were approved to relocate on Monday at the NFL owners meetings, but can’t leave right away because Las Vegas doesn’t have a suitable temporary NFL venue.

The Raiders have team options on one-year leases to play at Oakland Coliseum during the 2017 and 2018 seasons, and are expected to do exactly that. Owner Mark Davis said he’s open to negotiating a lease to play the 2019 season there as well before moving into new Vegas digs in 2020.

The Oakland Coliseum authority may not grant that request.

"I would say to you with the highest level of confidence, my opinion and recommendation and that of my board members, I don’t believe there is any appetite for a third season (in Oakland),” director of the Oakland Coliseum joint powers authority Scott McKibben told USA Today.

McKibben said hosting a Raiders game is a financial loss for the JPA.

If the Raiders can’t reach an agreement to play at the Oakland Coliseum in 2019, they have other options in the Bay Area, though none is ideal. They could play at Cal’s Memorial Stadium or use Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara as a last resort in the Bay Area, sources told CSN California reporter Scott Bair.

They could renovate UNLV’s Sam Boyd Stadium – locker room and security upgrades are mandatory – though the Raiders would prefer to avoid that route.

Raiders HC Jack Del Rio believes he could help Aldon Smith

Raiders HC Jack Del Rio believes he could help Aldon Smith

PHOENIX – Raiders edge rusher Aldon Smith has been banished from the NFL for over 16 months now as a repeat offender of the league’s substance abuse policy.

Commissioner Roger Goodell hasn’t ruled on Smith’s reinstatement application and it’s hard to imagine movement coming soon on that front after a pair of recent run-ins with the law.

He was reportedly involved in a domestic incident and was questioned by San Francisco police last month. Then he was a passenger in a vehicle that hit an unmarked police car on March 10, an incident where the driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Smith seemed out of sorts when interviewed by media after emerging from a San Francisco police station.

Smith’s banishment states he can’t have contact with Raiders personnel outside the director of player engagement, a stipulation head coach Jack Del Rio has criticized in the past.

He did so again Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings, saying it’s unfortunate the organization can’t support Smith during difficult times.

“It’s a little bit frustrating to not be able to be a part of the process,” Del Rio said. “My feel is that I could help him, but the experts know. The experts don’t allow that. We have to follow the rules.

“It does get frustrating to not be able to help a young man and provide support and provide structure. Somebody else has to make those decisions. It’s just out of my hands.”

The Raiders can’t petition for greater involvement, and are therefore in a wait-and-see mode regarding their troubled, yet talented player.

“He has to get himself together,” general manager Reggie McKenzie said. “(Smith’s status) is totally on the league office. They know more than what we know.”