Raiders pay hefty price for Carson Palmer
Oakland has acquired quarterback Carson Palmer from Cincinnati for two future draft picks. The Raiders lost Jason Campbell to a broken collar bone on Sunday, and was left with only Kyle Boller and inexperienced rookie Terrelle Pryor in reserve.
The acquisition of the former Heisman Trophy winner comes at a hefty price, with the Raiders slated to send the Bengals a first-round draft pick in 2012 and a conditional pick in ’13, which would be either a first or second-rounder based on the team’s performance.
For Cincinnati, the Campbell injury comes as a blessing in disguise. The disgruntled Palmer had remained true to his promise of retirement before playing another snap in stripes, which in turn decreased the trade value for a player that served no purpose for the franchise. That value was raised by an unfortunate break, as the upstart Raiders suddenly found themselves in a desperate situation.
If the new acquisition returns to old form, the trade could amount to a win-win for all parties involved. But if Palmer’s struggles continue by the bay, the surprising Bengals are the only winners, and in sports-speak, will have beaten the Raiders in a rout.