Oakland Raiders Trading for Carson Palmer Makes No Sense

Brendan O'Hare@brendohareContributor IOctober 18, 2011

CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 21:  Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals walks off of the field after throwing an interception late in the fourth quarter of the Bengals 49-31 loss to the Buffalo Bills at Paul Brown Stadium on November 21, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Carson Palmer is $24 in beads. I don't mean to attack the Oakland Raiders on a weekly basis, I really don't, but this trade (or larceny) is just too appalling to not ogle at in bemused wonder.

Palmer was traded for one first-round pick and a conditional 2012 pick (a 2nd round pick unless Oakland wins a playoff game this year, then it is a 1st rounder), a value that Palmer hasn't been worth since 2005. Regular quarterback Jason Campbell broke his collarbone playing football (something Palmer hasn't done in ten months), and the Raiders were forced into making a rash decision in order to salvage their season (I think), and in the process lost two picks that could have potentially made the Raiders a top contender in a fledgling division down the road.

Follow the logic? Because I don't.

Naturally, this trade has media members decrying the resurrection of Al Davis. But this just isn't true. Al Davis was obsessed with "athletes", specifically those who could jump fast and run high (sorry about that slip, Raiders state of mind), to the point that some considered it fetishistic.

Carson Palmer is neither athletic or talented anymore, and is pretty much the antithesis of a football player Davis would have wanted.

The Raiders aren't honoring Davis with this trade, they are mooning his grave.

The most compelling argument for Palmer so far has come from B/R's own Matt Miller, who believes Palmer is still a legitimate quarterback who "was better than many in the media would let you believe over the last two seasons."

I have to respectfully disagree, Matt.

Palmer had six games last season with a quarterback rating under 70.0, and passed for over 3,900 yards solely because the Bengals (4-12) found themselves down in the fourth quarter for the majority of the season (11 games with 35+ attempts). Palmer's stats (especially the 26 TD’s) are misleading, because of that fact.

Palmer, notorious for his inaccuracy, is now being forced against his will into an offense that stresses accuracy. That will end well, won’t it?

Also, the thing that made Jason Campbell somewhat adequate was his willingness to make moves on the run. Palmer hasn’t successfully moved laterally in six years. The reason for Campbell being the Raiders quarterback—his athleticism—is gone when Palmer is quarterback. Not that the Raiders second choice was any better, even though he possessed the all-valuable “ATHLETE” skill.

People freaked out when the Raiders gave up a third-round pick for Terrelle Pryor in this year’s supplemental draft (think of it as Davis’s last stand). Obviously, many outside of Oakland are amazed in the short-term plan of the Oakland Raiders, who seem to have some kind of “win-or-die” strategy, except their new leader is too incompetent to do the former.

You can feign excitement about this, Raider fans. You can spam my Twitter feed with disses and random epithets that make little sense. You will probably even attack my masculinity in the comment section.

But, remember this article at the end of the season, when Carson Palmer has thrown yet another game away. Remember this article when you have no first, third or fourth round pick next season. Remember this article when you finally realize your delirious and grieving management made such a horrible and irrational deal.

You’ll be back.


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