New Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie isn't outwardly concerned with the overall cost of acquiring quarterback Carson Palmer.
"You can beat that doggone story 'til it's worn out," McKenzie told Sports Illustrated's Peter King. "But I know this: We've got a quarterback we think can win the division and take us to the playoffs. Losing a (first- and second-round pick) doesn't bother me one bit."
Palmer joined Oakland during the midseason, but was unable to take it to the playoffs.
A former linebacker with the team during his playing days, McKenzie joined the Raiders' front office in January after serving as the Green Bay Packers' director of football operations.
Owner Al Davis served as Oakland's general manager until his death.