We get it. The Raiders’ front office inherited a mess last season.
The former regime – Hue Jackson and Co. – ponied up a bounty of picks to acquire Carson Palmer in 2011 (see introductory news conference above) and he never lived up to his lofty expectations. The Raiders traded a first-round pick in 2012 and a second-rounder in 2013 to the Bengals for Palmer in 2011. On Tuesday, the Raiders traded a late-round pick and a conditional pick in 2014 to the Cardinals for Palmer. Confused, yet? What a mess. Well, Palmer was due over $13 mill in 2013 and he wasn’t budging to take a pay cut, which triggered a domino-like effect of transactions.
This move makes sense for the Raiders. They had an unhappy QB, Palmer, on the books and needed to fill a gaping hole under center, if they were to move the veteran. Although Flynn doesn’t have much regular season experience, he could be the steady hand that Raiders head coach Dennis Allen is looking for. Is he the long-term answer? That’s to be debated.
As the negotiations between the Raiders and Cardinals inched closer, Arizona made a move to make room for Palmer.