The Oakland Raiders thought they were destined for the NFL playoffs after they made a blockbuster trade to acquire disgruntled quarterback Carson Palmer from the Cincinnati Bengals. If the trade had worked out, and Oakland had achieved its goal, maybe that deal would have looked great; but instead the Raiders finished 8-8 and missed the postseason.
In that trade, the Raiders sent their first-round pick in the 2012 NFL draft, along with a conditional second-round pick in 2013 draft that would become a first-rounder if the Raiders were to win a divisional playoff game this season or next season.
While Raiders fans claim the team has enough young talent, and therefore those draft picks were worth the move to acquire Palmer, successful NFL teams are constantly adding new young players to their systems in order to continue improving. Clearly, the Raiders don't have enough young talent, if they only finished 8-8 and missed out on the playoffs.
I know Darren McFadden was injured for a long stretch of the season, but that kind of thing happens all the time in the NFL. Rosters need to be deep enough to deal with that type of loss.
After being acquired by the Raiders, Palmer completed 199 of 328 passes (60.7 percent) for 2,753 yards, with 13 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. His passer rating of 80.5 ranked 19th out of the 34 quarterbacks who qualified.
While Palmer did improve as the season went along, his performance overall was not even close to worth the price Oakland paid. Additionally, after that deal, the Raiders won't have a first-, second-, third- or fourth-round pick in the 2012 draft.
That's a big problem that could have an impact on the franchise for years to come.