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Friday, October 24, 2014

Jason Campbell’s Injury Might Cut Down Raiders’ 2012 Draft Even More

Jason Campbell’s injury suffered in the second quarter Sunday could further deplete an already weak 2012 draft for the Silver and Black. Campbell is likely to be sidelined six weeks after having surgery on his broken collarbone Monday. Even if he can recover that quickly, the Raiders are already hitting the phones in search of a replacement.

As reported earlier, the Raiders are going after Carson Palmer. Sure doesn’t sound like the they have a lot of faith in backup Kyle Boller. Of the many obstacles in the way of landing Palmer, perhaps none is greater than the assets the Raiders have to offer. That, and of course there’s Mike Brown who refuses to trade Palmer.

In his usual fashion, the late Al Davis had his Raiders wheeling and dealing. They’ve already surrendered a 3rd round pick to take Terrelle Pryor in the supplemental draft, as well as trading a 7th rounder for their most recent addition in Aaron Curry. Campbell himself was acquired from the Redskins for a 4th rounder. Their 2nd rounder was dealt to New England in this year’s draft. All these moves have trimmed the Raiders’ 2012 draft to only 1st, 5th, and 6th round picks. Not much to bargain with.

Logic suggests that the Raiders are unlikely to pull off any trade. The trade deadline at 4 p.m ET Tuesday gives them little time. The Bengals are still in the playoff hunt and would probably need to be overwhelmed to help a potential foe in the wild card race.

Of course, the Raiders could dip into their 2013 draft or beyond, but some of those picks were traded away as well. While they might have better luck picking up a free agent QB, we are talking about the Raiders, who seem to be doing everything they can to honor Davis. At this rate, if they do land a replacement, be it Palmer or someone else, they might not even need to show up to next year’s draft.

UPDATE: The Raiders have acquired Carson Palmer in a trade with the Bengals.



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