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October 18, 2011
Carson Palmer deal is official, Gannon approves

The Raiders acquired quarterback Carson Palmer from the Cincinnati Bengals in exchange for a first round draft pick in 2012 and a second round pick in 2013. The pick in 2013 reportedly becomes a first round pick if the Raiders win a playoff game this season.

Here's waht SiriusXM NFL Radio host/former Raiders QB Rich Gannon said about the deal:

"Let's start with [Bengals owner] Mike Brown first and foremost. You know, he gets a lot of criticism for the way he's run that organization over the years but he does come out, in this situation, like a genius. I mean, I think he showed great patience, he rolled the dice in a big way, had teams not lost quarterbacks or had a real need, maybe Carson Palmer would've sat the entire year. I think he kinda dug his feet into the ground and said, 'Hey listen, here's how we're going to do this thing, we're not going to deal Palmer.' I think he sent that message out right up to the trade deadline. It's a game of kind of Russian Roulette and it worked out well for him. To think they could pick up a first rounder this year, a potential first round or second round pick next year, I mean, what a great deal for the Bengals."

"Now, on the flipside, let's look at it from the Oakland Raiders' perspective. [Head coach] Hue Jackson goes back with Carson Palmer a long, long way. They were together at USC when Carson was in college, they were together in Cincinnati, they have a very close relationship. My sense is that they were probably talking along the way. I'm sure Carson's reached out to him for advice. I'm not so sure that Hue Jackson was convinced or sold on Jason Campbell. I think that was an Al Davis deal. Hue was doing the best he could. I think when Jason went down this opened up the door [to the] the possibility that they could do something with Carson. I think they got together as a staff, as an organization and said, 'Let's put our best foot forward and let's see if we can address the quarterback situation for awhile.' If they bring in Carson Palmer that's it for Jason Campbell. You're looking at Carson being the starting quarterback there for the next half dozen years. He is 31 years old, some people feel like his best days are behind him, but you look at what the Raiders gave up, not much of a draft left in 2012. The first four picks are all gone; they only have a 5 and a 6 left. I know there was some talk about they explored the possibility of a potential trade with Philadelphia for Vince Young. In my opinion, this is a much better deal for the Raiders. They get Carson Palmer, he can step in there and start tomorrow, he understands the system. I think this is great news if you're a Raiders fan."

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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