Carson Palmer to the Cardinals isnt a new idea. The possibility that the Raiders might release him to save money was floated early in the offseason. So was the possibility the Cards might pursue him if Kevin Kolb didnt agree to give back a lot of that money Arizona gambled and lost on him.
But following a report that Palmer is unlikely to restructure his contract with Oakland, and that the Raiders will likely release him if he does not, Palmer's name has reappeared through the Cardinals revolving quarterback door like a hotel guest who has decided to stay another night.
Palmer is scheduled to make 13 million in base salary this season, and his cap figure is 15.35 million, but Oakland is in no hurry to release him because hes already counting against the cap, and he has no bonuses due soon. The Raiders might let this saga drag into April or even the summer while they further evaluate Terrelle Pryor and see how the draft, free agency and potential trades impact their thinking.