Carson Palmer Traded to the Oakland Raiders

Andrew DanielContributor IIIOctober 18, 2011

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 19:  Quarterback Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals calls a play at the line of scrimage while playing the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Carson Palmer has been wanting out of Cincinnati since the NFL lockout and his wish is finally coming true. Mike Brown is finally budging, and will send Palmer to the silver and black for two first-round picks.

This is a great trade for both sides. Carson will get out of Cincinnati and will be traded to the west coast, and the Bengals will get two first-round picks. Getting this blockbuster deal was the only way Mike Brown was going to let Palmer walk. Brown already has a young quarterback in Andy Dalton in place, now it's time to give him some weapons to throw the ball to. With the addition of these draft picks, the sky is the limit for this Bengals' offense. 

The Raiders got a great quarterback in Carson Palmer. They lose Jason Campbell for the year and needed Palmer as his replacement. Palmer will join a team with a coach that knows him. Hue Jackson was the wide receiver coach for the Bengals, and knows exactly what Carson is capable of. The Raiders are sitting nice and pretty at 4-2, adding Palmer is just icing on the cake for this Raiders' team. 

The Raiders have a great team already. They have a big offensive line that can open up holes for the run game, they have a great running back in Darren McFadden and, not only that, but their defensive front can get after opposing quarterbacks. Before adding Palmer to the team, the Raiders were the second best team in their division. Now, with Palmer, they should be considered the top dogs. Al Davis is staring down at his team and smiling after this move. 

The Raiders have Kansas City at home, then go on their bye week and then come back and play the Broncos at home. Very nice schedule to get Palmer comfortable with the offense, before they head to San Diego with the division on the line. Man, it's going to be crazy in Raider Nation.