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Big Trade News: Raiders Trade Bengals for Carson Palmer

The Raiders have come to terms with the Bengals to get Carson Palmer for a 1st round pick in 2012 and a conditional 1st round pick in 2013.  The conditional pick is based on performance.  So, if he does well (above some guidelines I assume) that will be 2 first round picks.  If not, it will be a 1st in 2012 and a 2nd in 2013.  The trade cripples the Raiders 2012 draft, leaving them with only 2 picks in the next draft (5th and a 6th).  Also, it the Raiders will now be responsible for the remainder of Palmer's contract.  This trade is quite humorous in a few ways in my opinion.  First of all, it is exactly the type of trade Al Davis would make.  You give up a lot for a player that is most likely not worth it.  Furthermore, the Bengals owner, Mike Brown, did not stick to his guns and finally gave Palmer what he wanted.

It has also been reported that the Raiders were in touch with the Eagles to get back up QB, Vince Young.  Ultimately, they went hard for Palmer because Hue Jackson wanted to reunite with Carson.  Jackson is the current HC of the Raiders and former WR coach of the Bengals, by the way.

Anyway, the news kind of makes me annoyed.  When it all is said and done, the Bengals are gaining 2 big  picks for a player they were never going to use.  It seems like the Raiders and Falcons are trying to make the AFC North more competitive.


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