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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Dennis Allen: No changes on Carson Palmer

By Bill Williamson

One of the biggest questions in the AFC West is what is going to happen in Oakland with quarterback Carson Palmer.

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The contract issue with Palmer has extended longer than expected. Tuesday, Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen did not add any clarity to the issue by saying, "Nothing has changed with our (quarterback) situation."

Palmer is set to make more than $13 million this year. There is little chance Oakland will want him at that salary, and it will likely want him to take a pay cut. If the reduced pay is not an option, Palmer could be released by the Raiders. However, Allen was not willing to shed any light on the issue Tuesday.

“No. 1, I’m not going to comment on anything regarding a contract,” Allen said. "Yeah, Carson enters the offseason as our starting quarterback, but we’ve been on the record as saying we want to have competition at every position.”

Anything can still happen, but it continues to seem like Allen is, at least for now, planning to have Palmer around and third-year player Terrelle Pryor will have top prove he is ready to unseat him.

But this situation has to be fluid because of the salary cap issue. Stay tuned. Still.