Jason Campbell: Carson Palmer Trade Was a ‘Moment of Silence’
Jason Campbell led the Raiders to a 4-2 record in his six starts this season, but he broke his collarbone against the Browns. He’s expected to miss around six weeks after having surgery. Because they’re in playoff contention, the Raiders decided to acquire Carson Palmer in a trade.
The Raiders are hoping Carson Palmer will be able to lead them to continued success the rest of the season. Based on the price they paid in the trade, the Raiders are likely to keep him as their starter in the future. Knowing that, Jason Campbell was disappointed to learn of the trade.
“I was halfway still on pain medicine [when I learned of the trade],” Campbell said on 95.7 FM Friday. “It was kind of a moment of silence. My fiancee looked at me to see if I was gonna say something. There’s different things that go through your mind but you don’t want to fill your mind with those thoughts.”
Coach Hue Jackson told Campbell he still believes in him, but all signs point to Palmer being the team’s starter in the future. Campbell will be a free agent after the year while Palmer is signed through 2014.
I’ve said I think this is a bad trade for the Raiders. Not only did they give up too much for Palmer, but I also believe the team is better off with Campbell as their starter. Campbell isn’t flashy, and his playmaking ability is limited, but he’s much steadier than Palmer who has become turnover-prone.