The Oakland Raiders have received a ton of criticism for trading away a first and second round draft pick to acquire Carson Palmer last season. Thrown to the fire in a new and unfamiliar situation, he naturally had an inconsistent first year.
But as difficult as it is to do right now fresh off the draft, Raiders fans should forget about the trade and focus on the future. And that future starts with the present.
Palmer is the Raiders’ starting quarterback, and the organization has done a great job of working to build around him. It brought in a new regime, and as a result of each of the new leaders, excitement abounds in the Bay.
It’s easy for outsiders to look at the Palmer trade and scratch their heads. But it should all make sense sooner than later.
Here are five reasons why Carson Palmer will break out in 2012 and validate the trade that brought him to Oakland.