Hue Jackson Reportedly Has Complete Control Over Raiders Personnel Decisions

For whatever reason, the Raiders acquisition of Carson Palmer has been met with mixed reviews. We agree that Palmer should keep an already solid Oakland team in the playoff hunt with his veteran experience, but the price the Raiders paid seems absurd. Giving up a first-round pick and another conditional pick that could turn into a first-rounder for a rusty quarterback whose skills are diminishing is a huge risk.  If Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com’s sources are correct, it was a risky decision that was made by Hue Jackson.

The first-year head coach of the Raiders is reportedly in charge of all team personnel decisions after the passing of Al Davis.  Considering he has been a head coach in the NFL for all of six games, that is unheard of.  That being said, it would help explain why the Raiders were willing to give up so much for Palmer.

Jackson served as the wide receivers coach for the Bengals from 2004-2006, which were some of Palmer’s best years as an NFL starter.  In 2005, Carson threw 32 touchdowns and only 12 interceptions and finished the season with a passer rating of 101.1.  The following season he threw for over 4,000 yards for the first time in his career to go along with 28 touchdowns and a 93.9 passer rating.  Maybe that’s why Jackson said this about the move.

“We were able to put together what I think is probably the greatest trade in football, in my opinion. Obviously, I think everybody knows that we needed to go out and address our quarterback situation.”

Perhaps Jackson’s memories of Carson Palmer the Pro Bowler are a little too fresh.  Or, maybe he sees something in Palmer that he knows will be useful for the Raiders offense.  Unless Oakland at least reaches the AFC Championship in Palmer’s time as the starter, I’m not sure he will be worth the price the Raiders paid.

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.

Some Players Reportedly Feel Like Carson Palmer Wussed Out on the Bengals

Carson Palmer made it clear this offseason that he would never play another game for the Cincinnati Bengals. As early as January he demanded a trade, and a few months later he maintained his position saying he would never set foot in Paul Brown Stadium again. Palmer has held to his word and has been tailgating at USC games (and working out on his own) instead of preparing for NFL opponents. That apparently isn’t sitting well with some players around the league.

In his 10-point stance column, Mike Freeman of CBS Sports writes:

“There are players around the league ripping Palmer as a chump who was afraid to take on the challenge of sticking with the Bengals and making them good again. Some players are calling him the word that is slang for a cat. They also feel he’s getting a pass from the media.”

I will defend Carson Palmer to death on this point. When the Bengals drafted Carson in 2003, they hadn’t had a winning season since 1990. It was a terrible situation and the franchise had seen highly-drafted quarterback after highly-drafted quarterback come in there and flop. Nevertheless, Palmer embraced the franchise and promised to turn them around. He did. In his second year as the team’s starter, he led them to an 11-5 record and a playoff appearance. He made two Pro Bowls, led them to the playoffs twice, and was one of the league’s better starters until an elbow injury ruined his arm strength.

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Carson Palmer Tailgated at the USC Game

It’s really sad it has come to Carson Palmer tailgating in Los Angeles while his Bengals team is in Denver preparing for a game. Carson’s only 31 and still fully capable of quarterbacking a team to third in its division. That’s what he should be doing, not sipping Tecates (or Coke?) at USC tailgates.

At least he chose a good game to attend — the Trojans beat Syracuse 38-17. And if you thought Palmer just went to USC but wasn’t a hardcore fan, you were wrong. He wears his Trojan pride on his head.

Picture Credit: USC Psycho, via One Mo Thing

Jay Feely Wonders if Black Person Would be Defended Way Carson Palmer Is

Arizona Cardinals kicker Jay Feely stirred up the racial pot Tuesday tweeting about Carson Palmer’s retirement from the NFL. Here’s what he wrote:

Feely apparently is auditioning for a spot as a future talk show host after his NFL career ends, because going to the race card is an excellent way to ignite debate. Responding to his point, yes, I do believe most fans are more sympathetic to the plight of white players compared to black ones. However, this situation is different.

Much like Sportress of Blogitude wrote, I support any and all players’ efforts to escape Cincinnati. I don’t care if you’re white, black, Asian, Pacific-Islander, or Antarctican (is that such a thing?), I don’t wish anyone the misfortune of playing for that disaster of a franchise. Look, if man-bander Nick Lachey calls your franchise a joke, then you know it’s a bad situation. I really think something would be wrong with a person if they did not want out of Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Bengals Stubbornly Will Not Trade Carson Palmer but They Should

Even with the NFL season on hold, Cinncinati Bengals owner Mike Brown is staying consistent with his word on quarterback Carson Palmer.

“We don’t plan to trade Carson,” Brown told the NFL Network at the league’s spring owners meetings in Indianapolis. “He’s important to us. He’s a very fine player, and we do want him to come back. If he chooses not to, he’d retire. And we would go with Andy Dalton, the younger player we drafted, who’s a good prospect.

“Ideally, we’d have both of them. That’d be the best way to go forward. If we don’t have Carson, we’ll go with Andy.”

Mr. Brown continues to reiterate that, for Palmer, it’s either Cincinnati or nowhere. Palmer told the Bengals he was done with the organization and when former TCU quarterback Andy Dalton was drafted, it seemed they’d finally grant him his wish. Instead, once the NFL season resumes, Palmer will be staring at retirement.

With a young core of talented receivers in Jordan Shipley, Jermaine Gresham and A.J. Green, and the likely departure of Ochocinco and T.O., the Bengals should quit playing stubborn games with their former franchise QB.

By trading Carson, what’s the worst that can happen? Maybe, he’ll beat them later down the road in a measly regular season game. But realistically, at this point in his career, he’s washed up and not a Super Bowl-caliber threat. By sending him elsewhere, the Bengals would at least receive some compensation.

Let the guy go, get a draft pick in return and call it a day.

Carson Palmer Says He’ll Never Set Foot in Paul Brown Stadium Again

Either the Bengals are going to trade Carson Palmer, or they are going to force a player who was once one of the game’s better quarterbacks into retirement.  Anyone who has paid attention since the NFL season concluded knows that Palmer wants to be traded, but his latest remarks seem out of character for a notoriously classy player.  The comments prove the 31-year-old has reached the boiling point.

“I will never set foot in Paul Brown Stadium again,” Palmer told WCPO through friends. “I have $80 million in the bank. I don’t have to play football for money. I’ll play it for the love of the game but that would have to be elsewhere. I’m prepared to live my life.”

That certainly sounds like a veteran who’s not messing around.  Who can blame him?  Palmer has wasted away in Cincinnati his entire career, leaving behind the best days of his career when he blew out his knee in a seemingly inevitable playoff loss to the Steelers.  Bengals owner Mike Brown has tried his best to assure fans he has no intention of trading his franchise quarterback, but that decision could be out of his control.

In his most recent edition of Monday Morning Quarterback, Peter King indicated that the Bengals are finally entertaining offers for Palmer.  That’s probably a smart move.  When a normally quiet athlete starts revealing the quantity of his life savings, you should take the hint.  Not to mention, Palmer has done enough for Cincinnati over the years.  Players like Palmer deserve at least a shot at contending for a championship, and there’s no way the Bengals are going to provide him with it.