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Report: Raiders Close to Landing Carson Palmer for First-Round Pick (UPDATE)

UPDATE: The trade is done. According to Glazer, the Raiders gave up a first-rounder in 2012 and a future second-rounder that could turn into a first base on Palmer’s play. It’s official: Oakland does not consider the NFL Draft to be an important tool for building a team.

Al Davis may be gone, but that hasn’t stopped the Raiders from exploring trades that will make you scratch your head.  With an upcoming game against the Chiefs, Oakland has a legitimate shot at entering the bye week with a record of 5-2 and in obvious playoff contention.  Jason Campbell is reportedly going to miss up to six weeks with a shoulder injury, meaning the Raiders need a quarterback.  Does that make Carson Palmer worth a first-round pick?

According to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, the Raiders and Bengals are close to working out a trade that would send Palmer to the west coast for a 2012 first-rounder and a conditional pick.  Bengals owner Mike Brown had previously refused to give in by trading the disgruntled quarterback, but who wouldn’t make this deal?

If the deal does indeed come to fruition, this is a complete panic move by the Raiders.  Could Palmer help them this season and give them a decent shot at making the playoffs?  If he is the Palmer of old, yes.  However, Carson has been spending his free time tailgating at USC this season and has not been particularly effective since 2007.  He has no intention of ever playing for Cincinnati again, so I don’t know how the Raiders got themselves into a situation where they have to give up a first-round pick knowing that is the case.  A first-round pick can turn into a franchise-altering player.  Even if he has something left in the tank, Palmer does not make the Raiders Super Bowl contenders this season or in the future.


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  • Gene

    I do not think this is a panic move by the Raiders.  It is a great fit.  He throws the long ball and the Raiders have the line and the running game to make play action effective in protecting him.  Jason Campbell is a good game manager but not a passer capable of stretching a defense.

    Keep in mind, the Raiders have a great chance to win the division.  They are 4-2 to the Chargers’ 4-1, but the Chargers have played their creampuffs already and the Raiders have their creampuffs coming up.  Denver and KC are both in a state of flux and will have to play the roll of spoiler.  A division win would be very important to tthe Raiders with all of the new stadium talk in the Bay Area as well as in Los Angeles.

    Of course, Palmer’s physical condition, especially his elbow, are question marks and they are giving up a year of deraft choices, but they are really in the driver’s seat in the AFC west.

    I do have one question: who in the Raider organization had the authority to pull the trigger on this deal?

  • Gene

    I do not think this is a panic move by the Raiders.  It is a great fit.  He throws the long ball and the Raiders have the line and the running game to make play action effective in protecting him.  Jason Campbell is a good game manager but not a passer capable of stretching a defense.

    Keep in mind, the Raiders have a great chance to win the division.  They are 4-2 to the Chargers’ 4-1, but the Chargers have played their creampuffs already and the Raiders have their creampuffs coming up.  Denver and KC are both in a state of flux and will have to play the roll of spoiler.  A division win would be very important to tthe Raiders with all of the new stadium talk in the Bay Area as well as in Los Angeles.

    Of course, Palmer’s physical condition, especially his elbow, are question marks and they are giving up a year of deraft choices, but they are really in the driver’s seat in the AFC west.

    I do have one question: who in the Raider organization had the authority to pull the trigger on this deal?

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Terrible move. A first-round pick for him and a second? That’s waaaay too much. Palmer is an average quarterback at best. That’s not worth the price.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Terrible move. A first-round pick for him and a second? That’s waaaay too much. Palmer is an average quarterback at best. That’s not worth the price.