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.
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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