This is one heck of a week for news. First there was all that handshake stuff at the Niners and now the Raiders trade two big draft picks to the Cincinnati Bengals for quarterback Carson Palmer who hated the Bengals so much he had retired. Wow. The Raiders obviously believe Palmer can lead them to big things. And maybe he can. He is a big upgrade over any quarterback they have including Jason Campbell. I wrote my Wednesday column about Palmer and the Raiders and to read it please click here.

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  1. Dennis

    If you are going to draft Jamrcus and Heyward-Bey with your number 1 picks the price was not to high.

    October 18th, 2011 11:24 pm

  2. DarbyO

    Teams have a small window of opportunity to win and you never know what the future will bring. McFadden could get hurt next preseason and miss all of 2012. Seymour could tear up a knee and be lost for a year, etc. This Raiders team is good enough to make some noise this postseason and now they could potentially be very dangerous. With Boller at the helm, their season was basically over because he is not an adequate NFL QB. The players know this. Now, they see that management is all in, and it may inspire them to do the same. So many draft picks are busts anyway (including several from the past year’s draft) that it’s not like you’re guaranteed a 10-year Pro Bowl player.

    October 18th, 2011 11:29 pm

  3. eb

    @Dennis Heyward-Bey is doing well right now. Not a superstar, but a solid receiver. As for this trade, I am absolutely in a wait and see mode. If the Raiders get three years of above average quarter back play and then Pryor steps in, it’ll be worth it, in my opinion.

    October 19th, 2011 1:48 am

  4. John Sousa

    DHB has been playing pretty well. That catch and run against Houston was the type of play a star receiver makes: he caught the ball, broke a strong tackle and then outran everyone. He may be good after all.

    October 19th, 2011 5:46 am

  5. Tommy CostaRica

    Real talent is a special thing! Guys that are healthy if they don’t have it so what? Guys that are injured but have talent will always resurface to a higher level. It’s like in music, the players who have the gift always come out sounding sweet even if they’re temporarily inebriated. Montana and Young, those guys were just ballers, they had the gift. Tebow’s a winner and I think he’ll be a good quarterback in the NFL. Palmer was unreal in that 2005 season, and that 66 yard pass he threw in the playoffs where he got injured, what a rookie season! All this recovery time is what he needed to come back really healthy. I’m guessing the Raiders are better than the Niners now and will take it to the Chargers, the Pats and the rest of em. Great trade Huey!

    October 19th, 2011 7:56 am

  6. The Seth

    I’m not a raider fan but I think this is a good move for them. Its a real all or nothing move. The raiders have something that makes Carson Palmer very useful, a running game and some very fast receivers.

    October 19th, 2011 8:48 am

  7. Stan

    So many reasons why you have to do what the Raiders did..Al’s passing away,Campbell’s broken clavicle,a 4-2 record and Mo on their side. And the Raiders are not Slick Billy and the A’s,who do the opposite-give and trade away their best players for more no.1 picks and “prospects”..and just wait till next year…every year. The Raider know they have enough of their own no.1 picks on the roster since since 2002. The time is now to use them for all they are worth-and it took a Hue to see it. Even if Palmer should get hurt or it doesn’t play out-imagine if the Raiders HADN’T traded for him and Boller lost to the dregs of the west..wasting a year,leaving the team with no QB for next year possibly,,,the media and fans would be livid at the do nothing and what COULD have been. Well,they DID make the bog trade for the very best QB available. They have to feel they did their best. Then you have Beane..who by comparison, is into doing the least…

    October 19th, 2011 8:58 am

  8. Squellmann

    It’s such a steep price to pay for a guy who has been pretty bad for the last few years. If he plays like the Carson Palmer of 5-6 years ago, maybe he’s worth it, but otherwise the Raiders gave away way too much. But as others have stated, the Raiders have blown a lot of 1st round picks, so who’s to say what they would have done with these picks.

    October 19th, 2011 10:58 am

  9. TJB in HMB

    The Carson Palmer trade was a “big trade”, not a “bog trade”. If the Raiders wanted to make a bog trade, they would have acquired Calvin Peat.

    October 19th, 2011 12:00 pm

  10. KauaiRobert

    Unless he leads them to the Super Bowl, they overpaid BIGTIME.
    I will say this though…I think his problems the last couple of years have been due moreso to all the head cases and divas that the Bengals have been employing over the last several years than declining skills and injuries.
    He still has a few good years left in him and on a good team, he should be productive.
    Two #1′s though??? (Well a #1 and #2 minus the playoffs but still…)
    One thing that puzzles me…why not start Boller vs the Chiefs?
    The Chiefs suck big time!
    Boller can hand it off to McFadden all day, never throw a pass, and they’ll still win by three TDs at least.
    I’m just sayin’…

    October 19th, 2011 12:18 pm

  11. Stan

    Yeah,word check isn’t yet perfected! I guess I better still proof read…

    October 19th, 2011 12:22 pm

  12. Mike

    The Cowboys became a tremendous team because the Vikings gave them too many high picks for Herschel Walker. The Bengals got a great deal, and the Raiders gave them too much. If Palmer isn’t one of the top QBs in the league for the rest of this season, the deal was a disaster.

    October 19th, 2011 12:25 pm

  13. Tiburon Dave

    Palmer secures the Raiders spot in the playoffs for the next few years
    If they figure out how to stop the run they’ll be Super Bowl contenders for the next few years

    October 19th, 2011 12:30 pm

  14. chris

    what drama in Oakland these days with the Raiders………I think it was a solid move……..the draft picks they gave up dont bother me……athletes are so well conditioned these days that the Raiders can still find some useful players in the latter rounds of the draft…..they didn’t have alot of early round picks this past draft and got a gem in WR Denarius Moore…..my main concern with Palmer is his playoff record…..he hasn’t won a playoff game and got a serious knee injury in a playoff game, so that tells me he doesn’t play well when the pressures on…..thats not Raider football and he doesn’t seem to be in the mold of past greats like Stabler or Plunkett.

    October 19th, 2011 5:24 pm

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