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Monday, April 1, 2013
Are Carson Palmer trade talks stalling?

By Bill Williamson

Earlier today it seemed that the Oakland Raiders' trade of quarterback Carson Palmer to the Arizona Cardinals was a formality. However, Monday night CBS Sports reported that while the two teams are still talking, negotiations have hit a snag. The Cardinals are trying to give Palmer a new contract as part of the deal.

If an agreement cannot be reached, the Raiders could try to find another trade partner or be forced to cut Palmer without any compensation. The Raiders traded for Matt Flynn on Monday because Palmer refused to take a pay cut from the Raiders.

It will be difficult for the Raiders to find a new trade partner because most of the teams wanting Palmer would likely only want him as a backup at this point. The Raiders don’t have to immediately make a move on Palmer. His salary-cap hit is what it is and there is no deadline. The Raiders could sit on Palmer for a while if the Arizona talks fizzle.

In other AFC West news:

The Colts signed former Oakland receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey. The No. 7 overall pick of the 2009 draft was recently cut by the Raiders.

A teammate didn’t love the comments San Diego running back Ryan Mathews made about the 2012 Chargers.