According to ESPN, on Tuesday the Oakland Raiders acquired former Pro Bowl quarterback Carson Palmer from the Cincinnati Bengals for a 2012 first-round pick and a conditional 2013 second-round pick.
Palmer had said before this season that he wanted to be traded and if he didn't get this request, he wanted to retire. Bengals' owner Mike Brown had previously said that he wouldn't honor Palmer's request, but the offer of two high draft picks from Oakland was too good of an offer to refuse.
This acquisition comes on the heels of Raiders' starting quarterback Jason Campbell's injury in Oakland's win Sunday over the Browns. They felt that they needed an established and dynamic quarterback to lead their team and backup Kyle Boller wasn't going to cut it.
They made another personnel move earlier in the week by acquiring former first-round pick, LB Aaron Curry, from the Seahawks for two late round draft picks.
These moves indicate that the Raiders don't necessary love this year's upcoming draft class and are willing to acquire NFL-ready talent in exchange for a few of these draft picks. Even through the Raiders could have gotten Palmer for a little bit less than what they gave up, it was the right move for the organization to add a franchise quarterback to their roster.