Weighing in on Palmer deal

Carson Palmer throws against the Browns in Cleveland, Ohio, Oct. 3, 2010. (AARON JOSEFCZYK/Reuters)

Carson Palmer throws against the Browns in Cleveland, Ohio, Oct. 3, 2010. (AARON JOSEFCZYK/Reuters)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:57 PM ET

TORONTO - The surprising Oakland Raiders took a big gamble on NFL trade deadline day, digging former All-Pro quarterback Carson Palmer out of mothballs.

The disgruntled Palmer “retired” when Cincinnati refused to trade him in the off-season, but has been working out to remain in shape.

Oakland traded the Bengals a first-round pick in 2012 and a second-rounder in 2013 that would become another first-rounder should the Raiders win a divisional playoff game this year, according to profootballtall.com.

Oakland clearly is aiming to make some more noise, after gaining notice for its unexpected 4-2 start to the season.

Regular quarterback Jason Campbell broke his collarbone in Sunday’s win over Cleveland and will be out at least six weeks.

That forced Hue Jackson to make a risky play. Jackson, the Raiders coach, seems to have also taken over for late Oakland GM and owner Al Davis and chose the fading Palmer over Philadelphia backup Vince Young, who also was on the market.

Palmer has never won a playoff game, will be rusty and tied a career high by throwing 20 interceptions in 2010. Still, he threw for 3,970 yards and had remarkably similar stats to his 2007 numbers (26 touchdowns, 20 interceptions, 4,131 passing yards), when he was still considered a premier quarterback.

Palmer maintains that he is finally 100% healthy and has regained all of his arm strength.

He better be correct, or else the Raiders lose this one, by a huge margin.

The Bengals, also 4-2, have to be thrilled. Not only has rookie signal-caller Andy Dalton played extremely well, but now the teams gets two valuable picks for a player no longer on the roster.

Bengals owner Mike Brown did not want to trade Palmer, he didn’t like the way his star player had given up on the franchise. But he couldn’t balk at this one.

“When this opportunity arose, we felt we could not let it pass and needed to take a step forward with the football team if we could,” Brown said in a statement.

“We also find ourselves rather suddenly in position of being able to receive real value for Carson that can measurably improve our team, which is performing well and is showing real promise for this year and years to come.”

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis had taken a veiled shot at Palmer on Monday, implying the quarterback had turned Cincinnati’s fans against the team. He also told NFL Network that the team had “moved on” and likely would not be dealing Palmer to the Raiders.

But Brown calls the shots and he knows a no-brainer when he sees one.

For the Raiders it’s “Just win baby,” with an added: “Now.”

The team currently is without a pick in the first four rounds of the 2012 draft.

Meanwhile, the Bengals, who have drafted quite well of late, have a few more high picks to play with going forward.

BROWN ON MOVE TOO

Former Dolphins standout Ronnie Brown is on the move as well.

Philadelphia dealt the running back to Detroit for fellow running back Jerome Harrison and a 2013 seventh-round draft pick.

Lions star Jahvid Best has a concussion, so the veteran Brown quickly could see some action.

He only managed 13 carries while with the Eagles, similar to what Harrison accomplished in Detroit, but has a strong track record.

QUICK HITS

According to an ESPN report, Cleveland considered dealing star running back Peyton Hillis, though only for a huge return. That didn’t come to pass. Meanwhile, NFL.com reported that Asante Samuel was available. No surprise there, the Eagles standout went on the block the minute Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie joined Nnamdi Asomugha in Philadelphia’s secondary. That one will have to wait until the off-season ... Eric Mangini is tight with Miami owner Stephen Ross and, the team had set up a meeting with him in the past for a job as a consultant. He is not regarded as a candidate to take over for beleaguered head coach Tony Sparano, but is still in the mix for a consultant’s post ... Jacksonville has placed tight end Zach Miller on injured reserve, ending his season due to a shoulder injury. The Jaguars signed Martin Rucker from Dallas’ practice roster to replace him. The Jaguars also put defensive end Austen Lane and cornerback Rod Issac on IR. The team also signed receiver Mike Sims-Walker, who was released by St. Louis ... Chicago return man Devin Hester was slapped in the back of the head at an Illinois casino on Friday. The assailant was arrested on a misdemeanour count of battery ... The Bears did not trade safety Chris Harris, who had asked for a trade on Monday ... Troy Polamulu will be in the lineup on Sunday when Pittsburgh takes on Arizona. Polamulu passed a concussion test ... Oakland acquired a second former Bengal in safety Chinedum Ndukwe. Ndukwe signed with the Raiders after four years in Cincinnati ... The agent for free agent quarterback David Garrard has ripped Jacksonville for withholding information about his injury. Garrard will have surgery for a herniated disk and his agent, Al Irby, blasted the team saying: “At $500,000 per game, they knew he would be down 4-6 weeks. They didn’t want to pay that bill.

ryan.wolstat@sunmedia.ca


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