Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals passes against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on January 2, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens lead the Bengals 6-0 at the half. (Getty Images)more pics » Carson Palmer (Getty Images) Carson Palmer
came into the 2011 NFL season with an ultimatum for the Cincinnati Bengals: Trade me away or I'll refuse to report to camp, and you'll be left starting a rookie QB. Well, Palmer didn't budge and neither did the Bengals, that is until today. Cincinnati traded Carson Palmer to the Oakland Raiders for two high draft picks. Although the Bengals had been stubborn in handling Palmer, who they had on contract until 2014, it was a no brainer trade.
Bengals rookie quarterback Andy Dalton has exceeded expectations, and now the team has the Raiders' 2012 first-rounder and a conditional 2013 second-rounder in exchange for the 31-year-old Palmer. After giving away so much on a fading QB, the Raiders signlaed they believe they are a contender this year. And if they're right and they win playoff game this season, that 2013 pick moves to the first round
The Raiders had to act fast after former starter Jason Campbell went down with a broken collar bone on Sunday, leaving only Kyle Boller and Terrelle Pryor on the depth chart. Oakland head coach Hue Jackson has a history with Palmer, who was under Jackson's tutelage at both USC and Cincinnati.
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