The Oakland Raiders have traded a first round pick and a conditional first round pick in next years draft to the Bengals for an aging, immobile quarterback who hasn't seen any playing time this season. Awesome. They become the first team in several decades to have zero picks before the fifth round. In fact, the Raiders have two picks left in 2012 - a fifth and a sixth.
Carson Palmer takes over an Oakland squad which, at 4-2, has it's focus on a trip to the playoffs this year. Chances are strong that they will make it, too, assuming Carson Palmer doesn't tear a hammy on the way. Of course, nobody really knows if the old boy can still play. When we last checked in on Mr. Palmer he was leading the Bengals to a 4-12 record and spending plenty of time picking himself up off the turf. At 31 years old, Palmer is not exactly mobile.
Trading away the future of the franchise for the bad eggs and sloppy seconds of the NFL is a proud Raiders tradition. Al Davis may be gone but his dark heart still beats in Oakland.
One has to feel sort of bad for Jason "Jamarcus" Cambell who had the gall to break his collar bone. He'll never see another snap as the starter for the Raiders again. Oh,no. He'll be offered the opportunity to hold Carson's clip board or he'll be shipped out of town in exchange for a badly needed draft pick.