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Carson Palmer Trade: 5 Reasons Cincinnati Got the Better End of the Deal
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Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen are reporting that the Cincinnati Bengals are on the verge of trading Carson Palmer to the Oakland Raiders for a 2012 first round pick and a conditional 2013 first round pick.

This is huge return for a player on the downside of his career that never really brought Cincinnati the kind of success expected of him.

Palmer has been voluntarily semi-retired for the entire 2011 season and will be taking over an Oakland team in desperate need of a quarterback.

The emergence of Andy Dalton and A.J. Green made Palmer more than expendable for Cincinnati. Most people didn’t expect the Bengals to trade him and nobody expected them to receive not just one, but two first round picks.

The recent Brandon Lloyd for a sixth round pick shows you exactly how valuable the Raiders consider Palmer to their future plans.

The Bengals will now be the third team to have two first-round picks in the 2012 draft, joining Cleveland and New England.

Here are five reasons the Bengals just got the best of the Oakland Raiders.

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