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October 18, 2011

Carson Palmer Traded to Oakland Raiders

Filed under: NFL, Oakland Raiders — Bill @ 1:12 pm

Mark this date down on your Raiders calendar because it will either be one of those days you will cherish forever, or it will be a dark day in Silver & Black history, in either case it’s a BIG day. The Oakland Raiders & Cincinnati Bengals have agreed to terms on a trade that will send disgruntled former All-Pro QB Carson Palmer to the Raiders. In exchange the Bengal will receive the Raiders’ 1st round draft pick in 2012 & a (conditional) 2nd round draft pick in 2013. The conditional pick will become another 1st round pick if the Raiders win a playoff game this season.

Did the Raiders over-pay? Of course they did, but if they were going to get Cincinnati to pry loose of Palmer they had to over-pay.

While we think of Carson Palmer as an “older QB” he is only 31 years old. At the peak of his career in 2005 he suffered a devastating knee injury in the 2005 playoffs vs. Pittsburgh. At the time he was considered one of the premier quarterbacks in the NFL. Since the injury his popularity in Cincinnati has dropped, in large part due to his poor performance in the playoff loss to the NY Jets in 2009. In his defense the Bengals receiving corps was mediocre (no speed & somewhat old) & his O-line was less than average.

This off-season Palmer announced that he wished to be traded or he would walk away from his 3 year contract that was to pay him $12 million this season. Mike Brown, the Bengals owner refused to trade him, and as recently as two days ago remained firm on his stance.

Jason Campbell will be out 6 to 8 weeks, and he will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season. His injury is unfortunate because he was just starting the get into a groove with this team. Like a similar problem that handicapped the progress of 49ers QB Alex Smith, this was the first year that Campbell had the same offensive coordinator in back to back seasons. Jason was performing at the highest level of his NFL career, but still he’s no Carson Palmer.

Question to Raiders fans? Would you rather keep the draft picks and take your chance with Kyle Boller, knowing your chances of making the playoffs this season are slim? Or give up the promise of two high draft picks and go for it all now with Palmer? Clearly the Raiders are pushing in all their chips and are going all in.

The other option was to trade a 5th or 6th round pick for Denver QB Kyle Orton. No thanks Denver, Kyle throws way too many red zone interception for my taste.

How does this help the Raiders?
Draft picks aside Carson Palmer will be the best QB to wear a Raiders uniform since Rich Gannon’s MVP season. He has seen at all, has a great arm, but his mobility is an issue. He’s the type of leader that could take the Raiders to the promise land.

If he doesn’t then the Raiders have paid a big price.

Consider the cost of the infamous NFL Draft of 2007:
Instead of selecting the player many thought was the clear #1 guy WR Calvin Johnson the Raiders drafted JaMarcus Russell. Imagine “Megatron” with the Raiders? JaMarcus was too cool to study or practice, and too stupid to remember the plays. The Raiders had to give up a 4th round pick to replace him with Jason Campbell. Still needing a long-term solution at QB the Raiders used a 3rd round pick to choose Terrell Pryor in this year’s supplemental draft. Campbell gets hurt so now the Raiders give up a 1st & a 2nd (potentially two 1st’s) to get Palmer. All this because of JaMarcus Russell.

However with all that said, somewhere Al is smiling. Palmer fits the perfect mold of Al’s prototype QB. He’s tall 6-5, strong arm, intelligent, from USC where Al coached, & he’s a Heisman Trophy winner. And we know how Al loved his Heisman Trophy winners…

FORGOT to mention…
Carson Palmer & Hue Jackson have history together. For 3 seasons Hue was the WR coach for the Bengals. They know each other well. Also in order to fit Palmer under the salary cap he had to agree to a $6 million pay cut.



  1. Great post. Well this is fun isn’t it? The Oakland Raiders giving us something to talk about yet again. It’s always a party when the Oakland Raiders are making a splash. I wasn’t surprised to see Carson Palmer on the front page of SI and ESPN this morning but I could not believe the price they got. Good for them I guess. This just makes an already headline filled NFL season even better. This season has been great and with so many QB headlines I guess it’s only fitting that Carson Palmer gets put back in the mix with a very controversial trade. It’ll be really interesting to see how he does in the silver and black. I’m leaning towards not so good. Also, you think you could take a look at my blog cuz I’d love to hear what you have to say http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2011/10/18/al-davis-managing-from-the-grave/

    Comment by Chris Ross — October 18, 2011 @ 1:37 pm

  2. Hard to tell if you like the trade or not, Billy Boy. It seems you think it was their best option for this year, but what about the future???

    I think if they give Carson solid protection, he could be great with that running game. Looking forward to seeing him back on the field and he’ll look pretty good in silver & black.

    Comment by ronaldo nehemiah — October 18, 2011 @ 1:40 pm

  3. Do I like the deal? Not sure yet, ask me in February after the Super Bowl.

    Comment by Bill — October 18, 2011 @ 2:08 pm

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