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Raiders pay huge price to bring in QB Carson Palmer

1:45 PM, Oct 18, 2011   |    comments
The Oakland Raiders trade for QB Carson Palmer
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OAKLAND -- The Oakland Raiders boosted their playoff aspirations Tuesday by trading for disgruntled quarterback Carson Palmer.

The move came one day after the Raiders starting quarterback, Jason Campbell, had sugery on the broken collarbone he suffered in Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns.  The injury will sideline Campbell for at least six weeks.

The Raiders tweeted a picture of Palmer and said he will be #3 in silver and black.

The Bengals had been adamant they wouldn't trade Palmer, who hasn't played since the end of last season.  The former Pro Bowl quarterback decided he wouldn't play another season with Cincinnati, even though his contract runs through the 2014 season.

However, Bengals owner Mike Brown changed his mind when the Raiders were willing to send a 2012 first-round pick and a conditional pick in the 2013 draft, which could become a first-rounder, to the Bengals.

Palmer won the Heisman Trophy during his senior season at USC and was the top pick in the 2003 NFL draft.  He started 97 games for the Bengals and is the franchise's only quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards in a single season (2006, 2007) and the only one to throw 30 touchdown passes in a single season (2005).

While with the Bengals, Palmer led the team to the AFC North championship in 2005 and 2009.  However, he struggled last year and threw a career high 20 interceptions as the Bengals stumbled to a 4-12 record.

The move is sort of a homecoming for Palmer.  During his career in Cincinnati, Palmer played with Raiders head coach Hue Jackson, when Jackson was the Bengals receivers coach from 2004-2006.

According to ESPN, Palmer has been working out in Southern California with former Jets quarterback and UC-Davis alum, Ken O'Brien.  Palmer's wife, Shaelynn, is a former starting goalkeeper on the women's soccer team at USC and was raised in the San Jose area.


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