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article imageNFL: Raiders acquire Carson Palmer from the Cincinnati Bengals

By Austin Tyler     Oct 19, 2011 in Sports
Oakland - Is it possible? Is it true? The Cincinnati Bengals made it clear that they were not interested in allowing their franchise quarterback go to another team. The Bengals organization was willing to let Carson Palmer waste his career away sitting at home.
Tuesday the Oakland Raiders probably just made the biggest deal in their recent franchise history since they got defensive end Richard Seymour from the New England Patriots. The Raiders just lost their franchise quarterback in Jason Campbell due to injury, but was able to bounce back nice with this deal. Most teams are not able to get another franchise quarterback so fast, or ever but the Raiders made the Cincinnati Bengals an offer they could not refuse.
To begin the season most people figured that Carson Palmer would be the front running quarterback to rejoin Pete Carroll in Seattle with the Seahawks, but now that idea is thrown out the window. With the way the Bengals were talking it seemed like we would never see Palmer on the field again unless he was sitting on the sideline watching a USC Trojan game. The last time we seen Palmer take a snap was January 1, 2011, when they faced the Baltimore Ravens last year and he went 32/45 for 305 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.
Palmer said this about becoming a Raider
It's been a whirlwind. I understand what's expected of me. I know what playing quarterback is about, and it's about winning. I want to come in a contribute and do whatever I can to help this team.
This coming after he got text messages early Tuesday morning telling him to fly to Oakland to complete a trade with the Raiders. With 4-2 record and the way Darren McFadden has been running the ball, the Raiders believe that this can be their time. They are expecting a lot out of him as they traded a 2012 first-round pick, and a conditional second-rounder in 2013 that can become another first if Oakland makes it to the AFC title game in either of the next two years.
After that loss and the Bengals not really heading in the right direction as an organization, Palmer took a stance and decided enough was enough. Palmer stated that he would never suit up for the Bengals again and willing to retire if necessary. After that it was no-holds bars as Bengals owner Mike Brown released this statement.
I’m not expecting [Carson Palmer] to be back. Carson signed a contract, he made a commitment. He gave us his word. We relied on his word and his commitment. We expected him to perform here. If he is going to walk away from his commitment we aren’t going to reward him for doing it.
Until this day both sides had held firm in their ways as Carson sat out chilling at home, and the Bengals drafted Andy Dalton to replace Palmer in the future. With the Bengals also 4-2, I see why they allowed this to happen. They obviously believe that they have their future quarterback in Dalton, as Brown said The play of rookie quarterback Andy Dalton made it easier to trade Palmer.
The Raiders and Head Coach Hue Jackson have no problem with that as Jackson and Palmer are linking back up for the third time. Jackson was the coach that recruited Palmer to come to USC and was his quarterback coach. Then in Cincy, Jackson linked back up with Palmer again as he was the wide receivers coach.
Jackson had this to say about them getting Carson and his attributes to impact the team.
Palmer has the strong arm and athleticism that late Raiders owner Al Davis always wanted in a quarterback. This guy can play and he knows how to play the game and he knows how to elevate the players around him.
He finished his praise of Carson with this comment
There's no question you go on offense as good as your quarterback is. I think he's one of the best and that's why he's on this football team now. I didn't bring him here because he was just a guy sitting out there. I brought him here because I think he can help this team win a championship.
With Campbell now on the injured reserve list, the Raiders were stuck with Kyle Boller and recently reinstated Terrelle Pryor. Campbell believed it would only take six-weeks for him to come back, but the Raiders are not taking any chances as they are looking to win now. They say Jackson's mantra all season has been "the time is now," and he backed that up by dealing for Palmer.
The Raiders also renegotiated Palmer's contract, giving him a $2.5 million guaranteed deal for the rest of this season, $12.5 million with $5 million guaranteed in 2012, $13 million in 2013 and $15 million in 2014.
People are asking did the Raiders give up to much. No, Palmer was not just sitting at home playing video games and getting fat, he has been working out in Southern California. Palmer has been trying to stay in shape as he’s been throwing a football to former teammate T.J. Houshmandzadeh and high school players.
Over the past two years, Palmer completed 61.2 percent of his passes for 7,064 yards, 47 touchdowns, 33 interceptions and a passer rating of 82.9 while posting a 14-18 record. Those numbers are comparable to what Campbell has done since the start of the 2009 season.
Palmer said it will take some time to learn the offense, build chemistry with his receivers and get back into football shape. Oakland hosts Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday but Jackson would not say whether Palmer would start.
The Raiders also added outside linebacker Aaron Curry from the Seattle Seahawks last week also.
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