Carson Palmer, Darrius Heyward-Bey on roster bubble?
- By Chris Wesseling
- Updated: Feb. 6, 2013 at 04:00 p.m.
While Hue Jackson is adding another title to his job description in Cincinnati, his boondoggle in Oakland continues to haunt the Raiders.
Buried in salary cap hell, general manager Reggie McKenzie is in for a serious roster remodeling this offseason. Among the veterans on the roster bubble are key offensive players Carson Palmer and Darrius Heyward-Bey.
Although the cap implications for releasing Palmer are severe, sources tell CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora that there is "no way" the Raiders will pay his scheduled $13 million salary for 2013.
With waning arm strength, an 8-16 record the past two seasons, and stats inflated by garbage-time production, it would be generous to label Palmer a league-average quarterback entering his age-33 season. The rebuilding Raiders would be better off embracing the run-option, pistol craze by experimenting with Terrelle Pryor. If Palmer wants to stay, he's going to have to take a pay cut.
The same can be said for Heyward-Bey, entering the final year of his rookie contract. The former No. 7 overall pick's $7.721 million salary comes with a $10 million cap charge. DHB has to realize he won't be in heavy demand on the open market after a disappointing season clouded by a scary concussion.
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