In one of the ballsiest trade deadline moves in decades, the Oakland Raiders are on the cusp of getting former Bengals starting QB Carson Palmer in a deal that would send shock-waves throughout the AFC. It is being reported on ESPN that the Raiders are offering a first round pick in 2012 and a conditional first rounder in 2013 for the former Pro Bowl quarterback.
While not officially announced yet, it appears that the two first rounders were enough to pry Palmer from the clutches of a disgruntled Bengals front office who previously stated that they would never trade Palmer and that he either return to Cincy or stay retired. Palmer is currently contracted through the 2014 season with the Bengals, and he’s owed roughly $38 million during that stretch.
Oakland, sitting at a nice 4-2, was in desperate need of a QB since starter Jason Campbell broke his collarbone in Sunday's win over the Cleveland Browns. With Campbell out, that left Kyle Boller and Terrell Pryor as the only active quarterbacks on staff. Not feeling comfortable with that situation, and who would, the Raiders set out to find a signal collar capable of leading this team.
Their first choice was former Jacksonville Jaguar QB David Garrard, who was shockingly released by the Jags before the season. Garrard would have brought a wealth of experience to an Oakland team in the playoff hunt but unfortunately, negotiations hit a big snag when Garrard opted to undergo back surgery. With that option made unavailable, the Raiders went into desperation mode and offered everything but the kitchen sink to the Bengals for Palmer.
Palmer, while probably not in game shape, has been working out in Southern California with former Jets quarterback Ken O'Brian. Once finalized, Palmer will probably find himself thrust into the starting position and while it may not be pretty at times, he is sure to be more productive than Boller or Pryor.
On the down side, this acquisition probably means that Jason Campbell has seen his last snap in a Raiders uniform as he is a free agent after the 2011 season.
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