If the Oakland Raiders are anything, it's consistent. It seems like almost every year they make a move that leaves the NFL world scratching its collective head. This year is no different.
In fact, with the acquisition of Carson Palmer, the Raiders may have lowered the bar to less than zero. Palmer cost the Raiders a first-round pick in 2012 and a possible second-round pick in 2013.
This is quite a ransom for a man that hadn't played a meaningful football game since last season. Furthermore, Palmer was overrated to begin with. He basically had one good season (2005) and has been living off that year ever since. He's the poor man's Joe Namath.
So, what have the Raiders received for overvaluing Palmer?
Well, the got a costlier, older version of the man he replaced, Jason Campbell.
So far as a starter for the Raiders, Palmer is 3-2 with eight touchdown passes, nine interceptions and a 77.5 quarterback rating. Campbell was 4-2 as a starter, with six touchdown passes, four interceptions and a 84.2 quarterback rating.
The Raiders could have just saved the drafts picks and waited until Campbell returned next season. But that wouldn't be a "Commitment to Excellence," I guess. (Hasn't that expression become a punchline by now?)
However, Palmer isn't a singularity when it comes to new acquisitions this year that have fallen flat.