There were reports late Sunday night that the Oakland Raiders were pursuing Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer and today the two sides made a deal.
With starting quarterback Jason Campbell out with a broken collarbone, the Raiders had to make a move for a quarterback. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Raiders will give up a 2012 first round draft pick and a conditional first in 2013.
This is a great trade for the Cincinnati Bengals. They will end up getting a first round draft choice for a player who didn’t play on a single down this year. I’m sure it took a lot of convincing to get the stubborn Mike Brown to actually trade him but the Raiders simply gave him an offer he couldn’t refuse.
As for the Raiders, I’m not sure that I like this trade for them. How do you know Palmer is even in playing shape? What about the reports that Campbell will come back in six weeks? A first round draft pick is an awful lot to give up for a quarterback with this many question marks.
As Gregg Rosenthal of NBCSports.com pointed out on Twitter, the Raiders have used their 2012 1st on Palmer, 3rd on Terrelle Pryor, and 4th on Campbell.