Originally posted 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?)

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