Report: Raiders going 'hard' after Carson Palmer

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Report: Raiders going 'hard' after Carson Palmer

The Raiders are "trying hard" to make a deal for Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer, a source familiar with the Raiders' thinking has told Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports.

The source "highly doubted" - those are Cole's words - that Cincinnati owner Mike Brown would deal Palmer, who is holding out in so-called "retirement" until he gets traded.

Palmer, who has been looking for a trade since the offseason, again politely asked Brown for a trade this week, according to one of Cole's sources.

The 31-year-old Palmer, a two-time Pro Bowler, knows Raiders coach Hue Jackson from their days together in Cincinnati. Jackson, the wide receivers coach with the Bengals from 2004-06, "privately told people close to him that he would be interested in Palmer once Brown was willing to deal," according to Cole.

The Raiders, of course, are scrambling after Jason Campbell was likely lost for the season - or at the very least, indefinitely - with a broken collarbone. Kyle Boller is the new starter in Oakland, with rookie Terrelle Pryor currently the only backup.

What about compensation?

In terms of what the Raiders would have to give up for Palmer, Cole speculates that "the Raiders would do well to offer Cincinnati a third-round pick in 2013 that could increase in value to a second- or even first-round pick if Palmer performed well either this year or in 2012."

Part of the problem is that the Raiders don't have a pick in the second, third or fourth round of the 2012 draft due to a series of moves, including the selection of Pryor in the third round of the supplemental draft over the summer.

The trading deadline

One of the major obstacles here is the trade deadline, which is at 1 p.m. local time on Tuesday. Especially once you consider that Palmer was the face of the Bengals franchise and that the Raiders could have to get creative in their trade offer, that doesn't give the teams a lot of time to work out what would be a significant deal for both organizations.

Pro Football Talk's take
A little take on the Palmer situation, from Gregg Rosenthal at ProFootballTalk.com:

"The Raiders are 4-2 and ready to make a run to the playoffs for the first time in nearly a decade. They just lost their starting quarterback, likely for the season. If any team was ever going to make an over-aggressive move including a first round pick, its Oakland in the next two days. ... Other possibilities for the Raiders could include signing David Garrard or trying to trade for Kyle Orton. Both of those moves make more sense to us because the cost will be less."

Carr discusses contract negotiations with Raiders: 'These things take time'

Carr discusses contract negotiations with Raiders: 'These things take time'

Raiders general Reggie McKenzie plans to extend quarterback Derek Carr’s contract this offseason. That isn’t a new thing, something that has been in the works for some time. He re-affirmed that fact last week, citing his team’s commitment to work out a long-term deal likely the biggest in franchise history.

Carr was reportedly frustrated with the pace of contract talks after the NFL draft – they’re supposed to heat up this spring and summer – but said he believes a deal will get worked out before training camp begins.

That’s his deadline for an offseason deal, the point where he wants focus honed on football.

“I have an agent who is in charge of that and I am confident that he and Mr. (Reggie) McKenzie will work it out,” Carr, a Fresno State alum, told the Fresno Bee. “I am only focused on becoming a better football player and helping my teammates become better players.

“I have complete faith it will get done before training camp. These things take time. The Raiders know I want to be here; this is my family, and I know they want me to be their quarterback.”

The sides have discussed parameters of a long-term deal, with greater specifics to be ironed out in the future. Carr has long said he wants to be a Raider his entire career. The Raiders want him as the public face of their franchise. A new deal is expected by all parties, a sentiment that has never wavered on either side.

Carr is scheduled to make a $977,519 in base salary in 2017, the final year of his rookie contract.

Raiders offseason program intensifies as OTA sessions begin

Raiders offseason program intensifies as OTA sessions begin

The Raiders offseason program is five weeks old. Players have lifted weights. They’ve improved cardiovascular shape. They’ve done drills in position groups and discussed schematics. They’ve added rookies to a group now 90 strong.

On Monday, they can finally put on helmets. They still can’t wear pads or have full contact, but the Raiders can play 11-on-11. Receivers will be covered. Quarterback Derek Carr will throw into traffic. Generally speaking, the competition cranks up a bit.

The NFL collective bargaining agreement has strict mandates regarding offseason activity, and a period formally called “Phase III” allows for more realistic on-field football work.

The Raiders will conduct 10 OTA sessions over the next three weeks. The media can watch three of them. Tuesday is the first, with another in each of the next two weeks. These sessions are technically voluntary, though the Raiders generally hover around perfect attendance. Head coach Jack Del Rio prefers his team be unified in the offseason. Players know it and show up.

There is a mandatory minicamp from June 13-15 which wraps the offseason program and starts a quiet period that extends until training camp begins in late July.

These OTAs offer an opportunity for new players to learn the system, for adjustments to be made and for chemistry to be built heading into a 2017 season where expectations are high.