This is my first posting on this board, and I am also fully prepared to endure my innaugural beating by this august community of football analysts.
What about the following strategy to address our qb needs for both the short and long term?
Please withhold the retching sounds. Carson Palmer is currently a 35 year old qb with, no doubt, his best years behind him. Moreover, he is not mobile at all. Still, at this point in his career, I would rank him as a mid tier qb with the potential to have a great game on occasion. Additionally, he is generally accurate and an upgrade over what we had last year. (I know, the bar is low).
Oakland is currently wedded to Palmer for approximately 15 mil this year, and if they cut him they take a cap hit of approximately 9 million. So, how about the following? We send a low round draft pick ( a fifth?) this year for Palmer and a conditional low round pick next year which will be sent to Oakland if Palmer does not just retire before the 2014 season. Additionally, Oakland pays what would have been the cap hit if they cut Palmer: ~9 mil.
Oakland is on the hook for the 9 mil if they cut Palmer. So, that money hasn't changed, but they get potentially two low round picks that they would not likely get otherwise. That is better than nothing.
Buffalo gets an improvement at the qb position relative to last year, and Buffalo potentially has qb stability the following year, which is the final year of Palmer's current contract. Buffalo would be on the hook for 6 mil this year (reasonable, I think), and more (I don't know the figure) the following year. Just as importantly, Buffalo can draft (i.e., not reach for) a developmental qb and have time to develop him. The extra time Palmer would give us would also help us avoid enduring a two year Losman/Edwards-like stint only to find out that our qb of the future is a flop. We can try again with another qb in two years, if we miss with our developmental qb.
Now for the beating!