There is no doubt that this is a new-look, old-attitude Oakland Raiders organization that is more than dedicated to winning, so that is exactly why the latest news involving new quarterback Carson Palmer and free agent receiver Terrell Owens is so exciting.
The Raiders have gone out and made some incredibly shrewd moves at the trade deadline that just may have saved their season, if not kept them in playoff contention.
No move was bigger than bringing in former Heisman Trophy winner and long-time Cincinnati Bengal, Palmer, who was all but stuck in pseudo-retirement.
How the Raiders were able to pry him out of the hands of Bengals owner Mike Brown I will never fully understand, but what I do know is that it was a game-changer for Oakland.
The Raiders have been leaning on quarterback Jason Campbell for the past few years, and while he has been serviceable, I don't think anybody has ever mistaken him for a star quarterback.
Palmer on the other-hand has undeniably been a star. Some people question whether or not he still has what it takes, but eventually I think quarterback who amassed 22,694 yards, and 154 career touchdowns as a Bengal will show himself.
If anything though, the Raiders got a leader, which is something this young team has desperately needed.
Palmer may have made his first official act as one of the leaders of Raiders Nation when he pretty much denied the fact that he wants to play with former teammate and star receiver Terrell Owens in Oakland.
Mike Florio of ProFootBallTalk reports on Palmer's thoughts:
“T.O. and I had a great working relationship, he had one of his most successful years over the past five or six years, a lot of production and he was a great teammate in Cincinnati,” Palmer told 95.7 The Game. “The problem is that for him to get here there’s not anybody that we could let go, we have a stable of young horses that can run and guys that can just move, very young, very inexperienced but tons of potential and it’s tough to give up a young guy with a lot of potential for a guy that’s got a lot of history in the league that’s in his late 30s, so I can’t see him coming here but I had a good time playing with him and he’s an explosive player himself.”
Sorry, but if Palmer thought that Owens would make the team better, Palmer would suggest that Owens replace Derek Hagan, a 27-year-old journeyman who has only 11 catches in six games. Maybe Palmer has seen that T.O. simply doesn’t have it any longer. Or maybe Palmer got more than a bellyful of T.O. during their one season together in Cincinnati.
If Raiders fans were wondering what exactly Palmer would bring to the table, this is perhaps one of his greatest qualities as a quarterback.
It would be easy for the Raiders to justify signing a player like T.O, because in fact, they're the Raiders. But that being said, Palmer sees this team for what it really is.
He sees his team as young and explosive, albeit inexperienced, but that is what makes them so dangerous.
Bringing a washed up, loudmouth and controversial player into the locker room would be the last thing the Raiders needed.
What they do need right now is to focus on getting back to the fundamentals of winning, and getting Palmer acquainted with the playbook.
If anybody's going to be getting their popcorn ready, it's going to be because the Raiders young and explosive team is putting on a show.
Perhaps Owens will eventually find a spot to play, but it doesn't look like it's going to be Oakland.