In a move that seemed like it would never happen, the Cincinnati Bengals finally dealt disgruntled former starting QB Carson Palmer to the Oakland Raiders for a 2012 first round draft pick and a second conditional 2013 draft pick.
The move was necessary for the resurgent Raiders after starter Jason Campbell was sidelined for presumably the remainder of the season with a broken collarbone.
Meanwhile in Cinci, Palmer’s trade value was deteriorating with each passing day. Led by young stud rookie QB Andy Dalton, the 4-2 Bengals proved Palmer’s presence on the field was no longer essential for the progression of the organization.
The trade makes sense for both franchises. The suddenly exciting Bengals are led by youth at all skill positions and a first round pick adds to the excitement of what the future may look like. Plus, they actually get something in return for Palmer while in many scenarios they wouldn’t have.
It’s a great move for the Raiders, who were suddenly faced with the prospect of having Kyle Boller lead the offense for the remainder of the season. With so much skill at the WR position, getting a QB with a big arm was essential to realizing the full potential of both the young receiving corps and the promising start to the season.
Could this be the ever elusive trade that actually proves “good for both teams”? On its face, it sure looks like it.