In case you doubt that the spirit of Al Davis is still around then check the news that is setting the NFL on fire. According to multiple reports the Raiders and Bengals are on the verge of completing a trade that would send Carson Palmer to Oakland. That would be the same Carson Palmer who decided to stay home instead of collecting an eight figure salary from the Cincinnati Bengals. The same Carson Palmer owner Mike Brown said he wouldn’t “reward” with a trade. The same Carson Palmer that was once among the NFL elite at the quarterback position.
As for the particulars of the deal, it is reported that the Raiders might have paid a high price for Palmer as expected. Supposedly the Raiders will part with a first round pick in 2012 and potentially another in 2013. This would leave Oakland’s cupboard about as empty as San Diego’s trophy cabinet when it comes to the 2012 draft. Another concern is just how the Raiders will manage to afford Palmer’s contract going forward. Some roster moves and contract restructuring will have to be done.
From a performance standpoint Palmer hasn’t engaged in any organized football activity this year. Between the lockout and Palmer’s flirtation with retirement his ability to contribute immediately remains to be seen.
Now the man that is keeping the Davis philosophies alive is Hue Jackson.
Coach Jackson might be the only man that could pry Palmer from the greedy grip of Mike Brown. Jackson spent some time in Cincinnati as a receivers coach so he no doubt has a relationship with both Brown and Palmer.
For Carson this would mark a return to his native Cali, though he is a SoCal guy. For the Raiders this would be a major upgrade over current QB Kyle Boller and potentially could spell the end of Jason Campbell’s days as a Raider.
As today is the NFL trade deadline we’ll know soon enough if indeed this deal will get done.