Originally written on The I in Team  |  Last updated 10/19/11

Just win, baby!

More than the skeletor look, more than the black and silver, Davis is probably best remembered for his mantra, “Just win, baby!” It’s an axiom that he stuck to quite well during the Madden years when the Raiders were continuously a team to be reckoned with. As we all know, the last few years weren’t so kind to Davis or to the Raiders. “Just win, baby!” turned into “Trade as many future draft picks as possible, baby!” It’s why the team won’t be picking until the 5th round next year. Some of the trades, like nabbing Richard Seymour seemed to work out. Unfortunately, I don’t think the Raiders latest coup will bring back the returns the team was looking for.

According to Jay Glazer, the Raiders traded for Carson Palmer. In exchange, they are sending the Bengals a 1st round pick in 2012 and a conditional pick in 2013. That conditional pick, depending on how Palmer plays could end up being ANOTHER 1st rounder. Let’s compare this to another recent QB trade. Back in ’09, the Bears traded what amounted to Kyle Orton and 2 1st-rounders for Jay Cutler. At the time, people thought the Bears had overpaid. Cutler was young and coming off a 4,457 yard year, so it’s not as though the Bears were getting garbage.

Palmer, on the other hand, is no spring chicken. He will be 32 in December and hasn’t seen the field this entire season since he decided to take his ball and go home for the summer. He’s also 4 years removed from his last good season. This doesn’t bode well for the Raiders. I really question whether a rusty Palmer (no, not a sexual position…that I know of) is really that much of an improvement over Kyle Boller and two 1st-round picks. I realize the Raiders are desperate to snatch up a playoff berth, but they clearly overpaid. I imagine Cincy would have been happy merely getting a single 1st round pick, let alone 2. The Eagles couldn’t even land one for Kevin Kolb. The record on the season now shows that the Raiders have traded a first rounder (Palmer), a third rounder (Terelle Pryor), and a fourth rounder (Jason Campbell) for QB’s this year. If the team doesn’t make it to the playoffs, well, there’s always that 2014 1st rounder that they can trade.

(Aside: The other big winner besides Cincy is whomever lands the 1st pick in the draft. If Palmer is worth potentially 2 firsts, then how much would Andrew Luck be worth if say the QB-set Rams grab the 1st pick?)

Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Big Ten coaches opposed to 9-game conference schedule

Winners and losers of the 2015 MLB trade deadline

Hill arrested for reckless driving, clocked going 107 mph

Diamondbacks GM: Padres wanted Goldschmidt for Kimbrel

'Rowdy' Roddy Piper dead at 61


Mets acquire Yoenis Cespedes from Tigers

Sheldon Richardson escapes felony charges for recent arrest

Lawyer who litigated against NFL: Brady plays every game

Cowboys should sign interested RB Steven Jackson

Jameis Winston confirmed as Buccaneers starting QB

Russell Wilson contract increases likelihood of change

Five potential NFL salary cap casualties this preseason

RB signed by Chiefs day after tweeting them highlight video

Evgeni Malkin had real penguins at his birthday party

Pirates do Pirates at deadline: Neat little moves

Jonathan Papelbon thinks he became ‘scapegoat’ for Phillies

Padres don’t sell at trade deadline, reportedly because AJ Preller still believes in team

First photos of Jason Pierre-Paul’s injured hand emerge

Stop kvetching about Notre Dame, please

Rebuttal banner supporting Tom Brady flies over Pats practice

Ranking the NFL’s 32 head coaches

LeSean McCoy cancels party, but it wasn't some 'weird orgy'

Redskins making huge mistake by signing Galette

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Five potential NFL salary cap casualties this preseason

Winners and losers of the 2015 MLB trade deadline

Pirates do Pirates at deadline: Neat little moves

Mets acquire Cespedes from Tigers

Ranking the NFL’s 32 head coaches

Five worst baseball trades since 2000

Examining the state of the NFL

Puig: Broke out of slump by playing baseball video games

Braves dump risk, exchange it for risk

David Price traded to Blue Jays

The indefensible Hulk Hogan

Cole Hamels chose Rangers over Astros

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker