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To be the man, you gotta beat the man, and Palmer is the man right now in Oakland. He has been the starting quarterback since he was acquired in 2011 so it is his job to lose.
Palmer is coming off a 4,000 yard season with 22 TDs to just 14 INTs. Not a bad stat line, but the stats are inflated because of how much the Raiders' offense was playing against a prevent defense.
However, considering Greg Knapp was running the offense, those stats are impressive, garbage time or not.
Considering how much he had to deal with in 2012, I have been a supporter of Palmer throughout the offseason. Oakland has a lot of problems, but he hasn't been a big one. My support for Palmer has taken a nosedive with him reportedly declining a small pay cut in which he would still be making about $10 million in 2013.
I don't believe just anything I read, but that sounds believable. Raiders' GM Reggie McKenzie surely approached Palmer about a small pay cut for cap-relief but didn't want to hurt Palmer's trust in the organization with too much of a pay cut.
With that theory, a $3 million pay cut proposal sounds believable.
So if Palmer won't take a pay cut, Oakland has to decide what to do with him, and they have plenty of time to think. The Raiders are under the cap so there is no rush to trim more payroll. There aren't any trade deadlines looming either. McKenzie can think long and hard about this.
Right now, Palmer is the starter. However, a lot can happen between now and September.