Oakland Raiders: 5 Reasons Why the Carson Palmer Trade Is a Bad Move

Yusuf HassanCorrespondent IOctober 18, 2011

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 02: Head Coach Hue Jackson of the Oakland Raiders looks on against the New England Patriots in the second quarter during an NFL football game at O.co Coliseum on October 2, 2011 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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The Oakland Raiders acquired QB Carson Palmer for a first-round draft pick in 2012 and a conditional pick in 2013 (that could equate to another first-round pick in 2013), according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

In the 2012 NFL Draft, the Raiders will be without picks in Rounds 1, 2, 3 and 4.

So, in a draft with a plethora of defensive talent, the Raiders will be left to scrape the bottom of the barrel.

Here are the top five reasons why trading for Carson Palmer is a bad gamble. 


Carson Palmer Is Not in Football Shape

Palmer missed training camp, six games and must learn a new offense—an Al Saunders offense—by Sunday. Given the circumstances, Palmer might not be ready for several weeks, and he will not be comfortable in the offense this season.

The Raiders only have $6 million left in salary cap room, which means the Raiders will not be able to re-sign all of their players who will be free agents in 2012.

If the Palmer Experiment fails, it could set the Raiders back a decade.

With Campbell possibly returning in 6-8 weeks and with an easy schedule, the Raiders could have used Boller in a stop-gap role.

With games against Kansas City, Denver, Minnesota, San Diego, Chicago and Miami (and a bye), the Raiders could easily go 4-2 over that stretch with Boller and save two potential first-round picks. 


Carson Palmer Is Overpaid, Not That Good at This Point in His Career

Over the past three seasons, Palmer has a 79.33 QB rating and a 60.13 completion percentage, and over the past two seasons, he’s averaging nearly 17 interceptions per season.

For a QB with a base salary of $11.5 million, most football-savvy personnel would expect a much better rating than 79.33. 


The Raiders Are a Run-First Team—the QB's Job Is To Manage the Team and Eliminate Costly Turnovers

In 2010, Palmer ranked third in the NFL in interceptions.

Mike Freeman of CBS Sports said, “There are players around the league ripping Palmer as a chump who was afraid to take on the challenge of sticking with the Bengals and making them good again.

"Some players are calling him the word that is slang for a cat. They also feel he’s getting a pass from the media," he said. 


The Cincinnati Bengals Are Better Without Palmer

The Bengals knew what they had with Palmer, and that’s why they accepted his retirement and went with a rookie.

When a rookie drafted in the second round (Andy Dalton) walks in and replaces a veteran quarterback, and the team is better, it says a lot about the veteran.

The Bengals knew Palmer had lost his passion for the game, and once the desire is gone, your game is gone. 


Palmer Lacks the Raider Mystique

Bengals left tackle Andrew Whitworth told the Cincinnati Enquirer, “I knew he was really frustrated and knew it had been a tough year for him.”

It was tough for him, huh?

Well, life gets tough. But, to lay down in times of crisis is not the Raider way. It's not the Al Davis way.

Even with his failing health and the insurmountable criticism that he received, Davis stuck to his guns and continued doing things the Raider way.

And, quitting on your team is not the Raider way. That’s why Randy Moss left Oakland!