Posted by Bird on Monday, October 24, 2011 at 1:26 PM
I had actually started writing my recap on the Browns vs. Raiders game when I heard that the Raiders beat trade deadline completing a deal with the Bengals to acquire benched, about to retire, exiled Quarterback Carson Palmer. A lot of people don’t think that’s a good idea. To me, we don’t have anything to lose so why not?
Days after Jason Campbell left the Browns game with a broken collar bone the rumors started flying about whom the Raiders were going to get as a Quarterback. Jason Campbell sustained a season ending injury and Oakland was in need of QB. The rumor consisted of David Garrad and Carson Palmer. The Garrad rumor was put to rest after he informed the public of him needing back surgery. That left the Carson trade rumor to be examined with a fine tooth comb. Sources said that the talks between the Raiders and the Bengals were serious and a trade was close to being completed. I kind of felt bad for Boller because no one was giving him a chance but some people can’t handle the pressure of a starting position.
Now some couldn’t believe this after the owner of the Bengals said there was no way he would trade Palmer because made a commitment. If you ask me anything can be done in this business if the price is right and what do you know, Oakland’s price was right. The Oakland Raiders have given up a 1st round pick in 2012 and a conditional 1st round draft pick in 2013 for Carson Palmer.
Some Raiders fans have expressed their frustration with this trade because now Oakland has no 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 7th round draft picks in 2012. Remember some of those were given up to get Terrelle Pryor in the supplemental draft. I have no problem with the trade for several reasons,
1) Oakland isn’t going to be that high in the draft.
2) I am unaware of what the 2012 draft class will look like.
3) The draft selections in the first round have a 50% chance of being a bust for Cleveland.
4) We have a young team and the veteran can teach them something they don’t have at that position.
5) The Bengals aren’t so great at drafting and lastly
6) I think Carson Palmer still has the will and the ability to play at the NFL level.
I don’t feel comfortable putting the future in a backup quarterback or a rookie who hasn’t been able to suit up and play. I rather take a chance on a veteran QB you know has the ability to win. True, Palmer had a losing record last year but the year prior he led his team to a 10-6 record. I understand that Palmer isn’t a mobile QB but last year JC had scrambling problems himself, we still managed an 8-8 record and at this point we’ve got nothing to lose. Do you take a chance and lose or lose without taking a chance at all? Take the chance. Hue and Carson have history together and if Jackson thinks this is whats best for team then Im going to ride it out with him. Hes done pretty good so far.
Our team is young and they are tired of the stigma that others have casted upon their team. They are ready to win.
I predict Palmer with a 6-3 record.