Yahoo Sports’ Jason Cole is reporting that the Oakland Raiders began “trying hard” to make a trade with the Cincinnati Bengals for quarterback Carson Palmer.
With the news that Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell is likely done for the season with a broken collarbone, Oakland realized that they needed to pursue a new option at quarterback. Kyle Boller is currently the starter with Campbell out and rookie Terrelle Pryor would be the backup.
Cole’s source said that even though the Raiders are trying hard to get Palmer, he highly doubted that Bengals owner Mike Brown would go for it. Brown has been very adamant during the whole Palmer situation that he does not want to trade the former Bengals starter.
Interestingly enough, the report says that Palmer politely asked Brown again this week for a trade. With the NFL trading deadline this Tuesday, Cincinnati will have to make up their minds quickly if they want to get rid of Palmer. The team is currently 4-2 under Andy Dalton and it would make sense for them to make a trade.
Right now Palmer is just there. Why not trade him? Get something for him. If there is a team in need of a quarterback that is calling you to make a trade for him, why not do it? It doesn’t make sense to me. If Mike Brown doesn’t pull the trigger on the trade with the Raiders he has officially lost his mind.
I don’t care what problems you have with Palmer, this is just good business. Get something for a player that you aren’t using.
If the Raiders can’t get the trade with Palmer, they may go after free agent QB David Garrard. He previously declined an offer from the Dolphins because he wanted to play for a team in contention. The Raiders are 4-2 after a win on Sunday and are in need of a quarterback. It would make sense.