The trade deadline is Tuesday, and several NFL pundits have speculated that Carson Palmer might be one of the players on the move. In the more informed circles of Bengaldom, however, the conventional wisdom is that Mike Brown won’t budge. While those in the know feel that Brown will trade his former number 1 pick, it won’t be until the offseason. Waiting allows Brown to spite Palmer for his transgressions, ensuring the quarterback plays by his old school rules. Then Brown would proceed to deal Palmer to the highest bidder during the offseason.
Up to this point, speculation for a 2011 trade has focused primarily on the Seahawks and Dolphins, but nothing concrete has ever surfaced.
But something happened Sunday that might be the exact scenario to allow Palmer to get his freedom and for Brown to get the value he feels is right to relinquish his star. The Oakland Raiders lost starting quarterback Jason Campbell for the season with a broken collarbone. Despite the setback, the Silver and Black were able to pull out a hard-fought 24-17 win over Cleveland, pushing their record to 4-2 and keeping their very real playoff hopes alive.
Not to sound overly critical, but those playoff hopes will not survive to Thanksgiving with Kyle Boller at the helm. The Raiders need help at the quarterback position if they want any realistic hopes of a postseason berth. Behind Boller is rookie Terrelle Pryor, fresh off his 5-game suspension. While Boller doesn’t have the talent to lead the Railders to the promised land, Pryor doesn’t have the experience.
Carson Palmer has both.
Oakland’s head man, Hue Jackson, is a former Marvin Lewis assistant and was with the team during Palmer’s best years. Jackson’s offense, coordinated by Al Saunders, is similar to that of former Bengals OC Bob Bratkowski. This suggests Palmer’s learning curve for a Raider playbook could be as little as a week or two.
Oakland has a history of putting their proverbial money where their mouths are in trades, and they could go well above the currently-assumed market to get Palmer now.
Considering Jackson’s relationship with Palmer, the proximity of Oakland to his California offseason home, and the Raiders’ history for offering big trades, this move could make sense for both parties.
So what do you think, Who Dey Fans? Can the Raiders afford Palmer’s salary cap number? Who would they have to move to make it happen, and who or what would the Bengals take in trade?