Four year from now the Raiders may regret the premium picks given up to get Carson Palmer. In the here and now the deal is looking like a steal.
Now, let’s not get too carried away. I’m speaking in relative terms.
Relatively speaking, there isn’t another QB in the AFC West that is playing as well as Palmer. So, some of this is just process of elimination type stuff. Eliminate Matt Cassel who is done for the season and take away Tim Tebow who just isn’t a quarterback at all.
That leaves you with Palmer going against San Diego crybaby Philip Rivers as the only real argument. In that case it is case closed. Need I remind you of what happened last Thursday or would you prefer to let the stats tell the story?
Palmer’s ability to quickly learn his new offense and new teammates has been remarkable. It hasn’t been all good but he has been more than good enough. For the AFC West that is about all you can ask for.
With Palmer playing at a high level, the Raiders have reinvented their offense on the fly. Still without Darren McFadden, Michael Bush has kept the Silver and Black ground attack going strong. Whereas Bush isn’t the homerun threat Run DMC is, Palmer’s play has helped to keep the Raiders explosive.
Again, it is still far too early to put a true value on the Palmer trade. But as it stands now, with Oakland controlling their playoff fate, the deal is looking brilliant. All there is in the NFL is right now. There is no tomorrow. Therefore Hue Jackson’s gamble is already paying dividends.
How the Raiders finish this season will ultimately decide just how well the deal worked out. But considering the other options for Oakland to replace Jason Campbell you realize how clutch it was to roll the dice on Palmer.
Even without Carson calling the shots, the Raiders would still be in the mix thanks to a weakened crop of competition on the West Coast. However there is no doubt that with Palmer the Raiders are now the clear cut favorites to win the division. Crybaby Philip and Norv Turner can make whatever excuses they want. We’ve heard them all before. The proof was the Raiders exposing the truth of the Chargers and Rivers last week. Even with a weakened secondary the Raiders still smothered the San Diego passing game. Meanwhile Palmer picked apart the Chargers with ease.
There is no doubt the Raiders have the best team in the division. Now there is plenty of proof they have the best QB too. All that remains is to keep proving it on the field.