Report: Carson Palmer headed to Arizona

Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer throws during the first quarter of their NFL football...

Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer throws during the first quarter of their NFL football game against the Denver Broncos in Oakland, California December 6, 2012. (REUTERS/Robert Galbraith)

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, Last Updated: 11:23 PM ET

It appears the Oakland Raiders have found a buyer for Carson Palmer.

The Raiders and Arizona Cardinals are far along in a deal that would send the disgruntled quarterback to the desert, CBS Sports reports.

The Raiders asked the 33-year-old to take a pay cut from his $13-million salary. When he refused, the team began exploring their options. Arizona, however, may also ask Palmer to restructure his contract.

Oakland is also set to acquire Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn, according to the report. The Raiders are waiting to either trade or release Palmer before making the transaction official.

Flynn was acquired by the Seahawks last off-season to be their starter, but rookie sensation Russell Wilson beat him out for the job in training camp.

DISCUS THROWER ATTRACTS NFL ATTENTION

There have been rugby players and sprinters that have gotten looks from NFL teams in the past.

How about a discus thrower?

British discus thrower Lawrence Okoye has never played football before, but he apparently has attracted the attention of NFL teams.

The 21-year-old Olympian participated in a regional scouting combine in Atlanta last week and told The Daily Mail five teams expressed interested in him.

“At the combine, I really stood out because of my size, strength and speed,” Okoye said. “I don’t want to sound arrogant, but I was good on the day – to the point that a lot of NFL clubs began talking to me immediately on the back of it. They all see me as a defensive end, which suits me just fine.

“I’ve had some meetings since and done some private workouts with some clubs, too, and already they are talking to me about contracts.”

The 6-foot-6, 248 pound Brit plans on putting his track and field career on hold for a shot at the NFL.

“I want to give this my best shot. It’s a rare life opportunity ... I have no reason to believe that it’s not going to happen.”

Okoye finished 12th in the 2012 London Olympics in the men’s discus.

OBAMA TALKS TO RG3

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan isn’t the only decision-maker in Washington, D.C., who’s worried about the health of Robert Griffin III.

U.S. President Barack Obama had a face-to-face meeting with RG3 during Saturday’s NCAA Tournament game between Syracuse and Marquette and told the young quarterback to protect himself, according to the Washington Times.

The 23-year-old had reconstructive knee surgery in January after an injury during a wild-card game loss to the Seahawks.


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