Quarterback Carson Palmer hasn’t officially parted ways with the Oakland Raiders just yet, but that hasn’t stopped the former Pro Bowler from reportedly making a wish list.
According to USA Today, the Southern California native wants to stay on the West Coast and has two teams in mind: the Arizona Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers.
The two NFC West teams make sense for Palmer, who reportedly turned down a $3 million pay cut this, for entirely different reasons.
The Cardinals would allow Palmer at least a chance to be a starter. Arizona cut Kevin Kolb earlier this month and have Brian Hoyer, Drew Stanton, John Skelton, and Ryan Lindley on the roster.
But Palmer’s willingness to possibly make a short trip across the Bay to San Francisco, where he would back up Colin Kaepernick, reveals his desire to be on the roster of a contending team. Palmer has enjoyed just two winning seasons in nine years with the Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals. Both were in Cincinnati.
After being dealt to Oakland in October 2011, Palmer has been somewhat underwhelming for the Raiders. The former Heisman Trophy winner was 8-16 as a starter and threw 35 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in 25 appearances.