Have you seen any of Palmer's games this year, or more specifically since he put on a Raiders Jersey?
Carson Palmer - QB - Raiders
rotoworldCarson Palmer took advantage of his weekly allotment of garbage time and completed 19-of-30 passes for 273 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in Oakland's Week 14, 26-13 loss to the Broncos.
Palmer has become the king of garbage time efforts in the NFL this season, and it comes after he turns the ball over to put his team in deep holes that aren't able to be climbed out of. His third-quarter fumble at his own two-yard line helped set up Knowshon Moreno's score to put the game squarely out of reach. Palmer answered back to pad the stats, though, by finding Darrius Heyward-Bey for a 56-yard catch-and-run touchdown with just over five minutes left in the game. The Raiders host the Chiefs in a battle of AFC West basement-dwellers in Week 15
This is why there's a lot of talk that Oakland is going to get rid of him (and possibly his HC) and why they want to see Terrell Pryor play. The talk of a 3rd round pick is just talk on the forum, nothing news related, but obviously the Raiders would try get something for him before they'd just cut him. Also he has no guaranteed money left on his contract, although this could actually drive his cost up as far as compensation goes (as long as they don't renegotiate his contract any team that picks him up can just cut him whenever). Palmer's not exactly around a group of all-stars there either but at this rate I'd expect him to play more like Gus Frerotte than Brett Favre. I can see how some of you can look at stats and say "Oh, he's a great QB!" but you're clearly not putting those stats in perspective.
Also, there's something to be said for Ponder's stats relative to the good games he's played. If you didn't know this already, we're a running team, we run the ball with AP and our passing game is only complementary. Those stat lines are very similar to the victories Alex Smith won in 2011, and their offense went through Gore almost as much as ours goes through AP. To sum it up, I'll take a game where Ponder throws for 200 yards and wins vs one where Carson Palmer throws for over 350 (mostly in garbage time) and loses.
That's one thing that people like you that really don't like Ponder need to get over. You think Ponder is a bad QB and is bad for this team. I think that a lot of QBs in this league would play badly if they were on this team, including Carson Palmer. This doesn't exonerate Ponder from the mistakes that he's made so far but it does speak towards the fact that we are not a Super Bowl team just waiting for a QB, there are so many things wrong with that statement I can't even begin to access them here. We have starting wide receivers who are not as good as 3rd string guys on most teams and may not even be playing football if they weren't on our team, but if Palmer was here we'd instantly be contenders for the Super Bowl!?
I'll certainly admit that Palmer right now is a better QB than Ponder, that's not even an argument, however parting with draft picks is, especially when Palmer's not half as good as you guys make him out to be. I wouldn't mind Palmer at all in free agency, however we should not be comparing him to Favre/expecting the same thing.