The Oakland Raiders have completed a trade for former Cincinnati Bengals holdout quarterback Carson Palmer for a first round pick and potentially another (if Oakland wins a playoff game). Raiders coach Hue Jackson was on record saying it was "the greatest trade in football". Was it?
The Raiders are betting the house on Carson Palmer. Carson Palmer is going to be 32 in December and his play is deteriorating. Last season was his lowest passer rating since his rookie campaign, I know that the passer ratings are overrated, but still. Palmer also threw 20 picks last season and missed the playoffs again. A lot is riding on Palmer to carry the Raiders to the playoffs, but the fact off the matter is Palmer really hasn't done any football related drills since January. When you miss that much football, you cannot just jump right in and win.
I know the Raiders needed a quarterback, but giving up two first rounders (presuming they win that playoff game) is a lot. The Raiders are basically gambling their future on an aging quarterback with limited skills. The Raiders could have went out and signed a free agent and kept those picks to build around. Oakland is almost there as a playoff team, but this move I believe sets them back a bit and would Al Davis have pulled the trigger on this deal? Probably.
Hue Jackson was right about it being "the greatest trade in football". For the Bengals. Cincinnati is already building their team around rookie Andy Dalton, who is having a solid rookie year, and Carson Palmer wasn't going to suit up for the Bengals again, so the trade makes perfect sense. The Bengals should have a warrant out for their arrest after making this trade. The Bengals now can use these picks, hopefully wisely, to build a strong team around Dalton and bring the Bengals back to the winning days of Esiason and Ickey Woods.
Do the Raiders make the playoffs? I say no and this trade may have set the Raiders back a couple of years.