Carson Palmer has been as big a thorn in San Diego's side as anybody not named Jason Campbell or Tom Brady.
I was listening to 66AM WFAN in New York and between their 25 commercials in a row (seriously dude, that was an unbelievable number of commercials), they ran an update saying that the Oakland Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals have come or are close to a deal for Carson Palmer.
The Raiders supposedly traded a first round pick in 2012 and a conditional 2013 first round pick.
Really? If that's true, not even the Bengals' owner Mike Brown can turn that down.
The Raiders have completely sold out to win the AFC West this year. It's hard to fault them for going all out when they sense an opportunity to go the playoffs, but this seems like a risky deal for the Silver and Black.
If this trade really happened, the Raiders are now left with two draft picks in 2012, a fifth and sixth round pick.
The real question here is, can they win the AFC West with this move?
If the Raiders can beat the Broncos and Chiefs, they'll be 3-0 in the division by the time they face off against the Bolts. The Chargers also play the Chiefs for a chance to start 3-0 in the division.
Is trading two first round picks going to cost the Raiders in the long run.
Just like Jason Campbell and Richard Seymour, Palmer has had some success against the Chargers over the years. By the time the Bolts and Raiders face off, Palmer will have some playing time under his belt.
Unlike last season, it's looking like the team with the best record within the division will win it, because the Raiders are winning games outside of the division.
Here are the positives:
- The Raiders have a lot of fast playmakers at wide receiver that could benefit from a revived Palmer.
- Palmer's strong arm will continue to stretch defenses.
- The Raiders still have Darren McFadden and apparently all the quarterback needs to do is identify which guy in the backfield is wearing No. 20 and get out of the way.
Here are the negatives:
- Palmer hasn't had a great season since 2007, but he's only had one bad (injury shortened) season in his career.
- Quarterbacks that have played and started in one system for a significant number of years are rarely successful when switching teams.
- This deal has left the Raiders 2012 draft cupboard bare, so this could cost the team long term.