Multiple sources are reporting this morning that the Oakland Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals have reached an agreement on a trade for erstwhile Bengals' quarterback Carson Palmer. ESPN's Chris Mortenson is reporting the deal involves the Raiders 2012 first round pick and a conditional 2013 draft pick that could become a first round choice depending on Palmer's performance and playing time.
Bengals owner and general manager Mike Brown has adamantly refused to deal Palmer after his refusal to play for the team this season. As late as last week, he had commented that there was no change in the situation. Bengals 101 even outlined why waiting to trade Palmer until before the 2012 draft was a good move.
Then the Raiders lost their quarterback, Jason Campbell for the season with a broken collarbone. At 4-2, the Raiders are contending and in need of a frontline quarterback. Their offer of possibly two first rounders for Palmer is certainly far greater a return than the Bengals could have hoped for. The Raiders reportedly will also pick up the remaining $7.44 million of Palmer's 2011 salary.
The key to the deal may have been Raiders' head coach Hue Jackson, a former Bengals assistant, who maintains a cordial relationship with both Brown and Marvin Lewis.
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