As most Cincy Jungle fans learned yesterday, the Raiders on April 1st found a NFL trading partner for Carson Palmer. Are some of you suspiciously feeling a little skeptical concerning this story? April 1st and reading something on the Internet should skeptically scream into your ear, "Don't you believe it." Welcome to April 2nd, the Palmer trade was real, but, it's hit a snag. A snag that might not be surmountable.
Jerry McDonald, the Raider's beat writer, explained the Carson Palmer and Dennis Allen situation as a it's not you, it's me breakup. With Palmer not trying to use his contract's salary as a way out of Oakland and Allen saying the Raiders are needing to move forward.
Matt Flynn has agreed to rework his contract with the Raiders. Oakland will increase his base salary to 6.5 million in 2013. Combine Flynn's reworked contract with Palmer's dead money cap hit on the Raiders at 9.34 million in 2013 and the cost of the Raider's moving forward is 15.84 million for 2013. The Raiders are actually spending more money to get rid of Palmer, than paying the 15.3 million cost for keeping him a Raider in 2013.