Raiders Rumors: Latest Buzz on Carson Palmer, Rolando McClain and More

Alex KayCorrespondent IMarch 12, 2013

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 16:  Carson Palmer #3 of the Oakland Raiders drops back to pass against the Kansas City Chiefs in the second quarter at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 16, 2012 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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The Oakland Raiders are one of the more interesting teams to track as NFL free agency begins.

They have plenty of needs to fill, a number of contracts to address and even an unenviable quarterback situation. In short, this team is a mess.

However, general manager Reggie McKenzie has a chance to right the ship and return the silver and black to prominence by making the correct signings, cuts and draft picks during the offseason.

It’ll be interesting to see what the organization winds up doing, and we have some of the latest rumors here on tap to give fans somewhat of an indication on which direction this franchise is leaning.


Carson Palmer

When the Raiders traded a first- and second-round pick for the former Cincinnati Bengals QB, they never expected him to have such struggles.

On top of those prized assets being shipped to Cincy, ownership agreed to give Palmer a four-year, $43 million contract with $7.5 million guaranteed.

According to ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio, the front office is reportedly going to push the signal-caller to take a pay cut, as he is due $13 million for the 2013 campaign.

Considering Palmer’s play on the field has not lived up to that exorbitantly high figure, Florio noted that the Raiders would cut the 33-year-old veteran.

Should Palmer hit free agency after being released, the Arizona Cardinals are just one team alleged to be interested in his services, albeit on a much cheaper deal.

Florio doesn’t believe that’s as likely to happen, noting the organization would try to get some sort of return on its investment via trade, even if it’s nothing more than a token late-round draft selection.


Rolando McClain

Speaking of struggling players, Rolando McClain simply hasn’t exactly lived up to the lofty expectations foisted upon him when the team drafted him No. 8 overall back in 2010.

Now there’s a great chance he winds up being released on Tuesday, ending a three-year saga of on-and-off-the-field problems.

According to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Raiders can split the $7.26 million he’s owed over the next two seasons by cutting the talented but troubled linebacker at the start of free agency.

McClain has been suspended by the team and arrested on multiple occasions, a character concern that a rebuilding franchise simply can’t afford to take any further risk on.

It’s a shame that things are likely to end this way, but McClain will likely get another shot based on his immense talent and first-round pedigree.


Brandon Myers

The Raiders TE put himself on the map just in time to hit free agency and score a nice new payday.

Unfortunately, it may not be from Oakland.

According to Jerry McDonald of the Contra Costa Times, it seems that the Raiders—just $1.5 million under the cap when the article was written on March 4—would struggle to find money for their breakout star.

Oakland neglected to use its franchise or transition tag on the 27-year-old, so hopefully it can free some space up by releasing McClain and either dumping Palmer or restructuring his contract.

It’s worth watching this situation, as Myers should be considered a must-sign free agent this offseason.