In a move that appears far too good to be true, multiple media outlets are reporting the Cincinnati Bengals have traded quarterback Carson Palmer to the Oakland Raiders for a first-round draft pick in 2012 and a second-rounder in 2013. The second-round pick will become a first-rounder in 2013 if the Raiders win a playoff game this season.
This is complete highway robbery for the Bengals if actually happens. (With Mike Brown, I’m not throwing any celebrations until it’s official. He has the unique ability to screw literally anything up.) Getting just a first-rounder for Palmer would have been surprising. But a first-rounder and a second? I’m almost at a loss for words. One would think Al Davis was still alive and kicking considering how much of an overreaction this looks like on the Raiders’ end. Their starting QB, Jason Campbell, was lost for the season on Sunday with a broken collerbone. That made Kyle Boller their new No. 1 QB and rookie Terrelle Pryor the backup.
The Raiders have the same record as the Bengals at 4-2 and didn’t want to throw in the towel on their season. However, by overpaying for a washed-up Palmer, they’re about to make this day a beautiful one for Bengal fans.