The Oakland Raiders may have found their replacement for Jason Campbell. Jay Glazer is reporting that the Raiders are close to having a deal with the Cincinnati Bengals to trade for quarterback Carson Palmer.
If the trade does in fact occur, the Raiders would essentially be going all in this season. It is rumored that in order for the Raiders to get Palmer, they will be giving up a first round pick, along with a conditional pick (also rumored to be a first rounder) in 2013. That means the Raiders would be giving up two first round picks for an older quarterback that has not been playing at all this season. It is a risky move to be sure.
While Carson Palmer has shown that he is capable of being one of the best quarterbacks in the league, there is no telling how soon he will be ready to lead the Raiders. He did not go to training camp, nor has he played this season. In addition, he will need to learn the Raiders playbook quickly. And that is not to mention the fact that Palmer is not exactly a spring chicken. He is 31 years old and will turn 32 in December.
Here is to hoping Carson Palmer can lead Oakland to the promise land because this is a lot for the Raiders to give up for one player when you consider that nothing in the NFL comes with a guarantee.