Raiders No. 2 QB Sweepstakes: Who Will Back Up Carson Palmer?

Oakland RaiderContributor IIIMarch 18, 2012

JEANNETTE, PA - AUGUST 12:  Terrelle Pryor works out at a practice facility on August 12, 2011 in Jeannette, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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With free agency now in full swing, the Oakland Raiders have addressed some nagging issues, with good signings on the offensive line and in the secondary. However, one question that lingers in the minds of fans (or at least in my mind) is the one that asks, "who will ultimately back up Carson Palmer?"

While it is still very early on to be considering who will be named the backup spot, here are some familiar and unfamiliar names I think we could see as the No. 2 QB for the Silver and Black.


Option No. 1: Terrelle Pryor

When the Raiders took Pryor in the supplemental draft last year, no one considered him to be the backup by any means, due to the lockout shortened offseason, and the fact he was taken in that draft.

He was, however, taken for his immense raw talent and high potential. If Pryor performs well and learns quick in training camp and the offseason, he has a decent chance at being promoted to the No. 2 QB


Option No. 2: Re-sign Kyle Boller

Another QB who is on the Raiders radar, has to be their backup last year (after Campbell's injury), Kyle Boller. While Boller is not the best of QBs, he has a strong arm and can fill in fairly well. Unfortunately, last year he did have his share of ugly moments, and Oakland could be looking for an upgrade. However, if it comes down to it, I could see the Raiders trying to stay in house and resigning Boller.


Option No. 3: Sign A QB

If the Raiders decide to look outside their own ranks for a QB, there are plenty of options on the free agent market. One that comes to my mind immediately would be Matt Flynn, who backed up Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay.

But Flynn appears to be looking for a starting job, so most likely this won't happen. Two more QBs i think fit the bill would be Vince Young (big arm, okay mobility), or David Garrard (veteran, big arm). It's tough to tell if the Silver and Black will show interest in these two, but I think they would be worth taking a look at, either in an interview or a workout.


Option No. 4: Draft A QB

The fourth and final option I see taking place, although it's very unlikely it actually will, is the Raiders drafting a QB in late rounds of the draft.

While the Raiders have very few picks, and they will make each one count, you never know if Reggie McKenzie could take a liking to a player still on the board in the sixth round. The player I'm hinting at is fast-sliding Boise State QB Kellen Moore.

Moore's stock has been at a virtual free fall, and id be very interested to see if he was still on the board after the Raiders had addressed some key issues elsewhere. had Moore sliding all the way back to the sixth or seventh round.