In 2011, the Oakland Raiders gave up a small fortune to trade for the Cincinnati Bengals Carson Palmer. In the inevitable break up that is about to happen, the team is trying to recoup some value from those lost picks.
Oakland gave up a 2012 first-round pick and a second-rounder for Palmer’s services, and they are seeking a fourth or fifth round pick for him. The Cardinals are interested, but they aren’t going to give up a high pick for a quarterback that could eventually get released.
Furthermore, Palmer would have to renegotiate his contract down to a palatable size. According to Peter King of SI.com, the Cardinals are the likely trading partner if they can get the parameters right. King writes:
‘Its likely Oakland gets a fourth- or fifth-round pick in return, and Palmer, 33, signs a deal commensurate with his recent performance but recognizing his chance for a revival playing for Bruce Arians and playing with Larry Fitzgerald.
I understand why Palmer wouldn't take a financial haircut in Oakland: I wouldn't have either, knowing the Raiders were a short-term place and understanding if he held his ground, the Raiders might enable him to go to a place that fit him better.’