The Carson Palmer Trade: Who Won?

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Jan 1, 2012, Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders coach Hue Jackson (center) talks with quarterbacks Carson Palmer (3) and Kyle Boller (7) during the game against the San Diego Chargers at the O.co Coliseum. The Chargers defeated the Raiders 38-26. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

 

 

Palmer started the last nine games for the Raiders, putting up 2,753 yards on a 60% completion rate with 13 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. The team went 4-5 in those nine starts, and 8-8 overall, missing the playoffs. Palmer goes into 2012 as the starter, and will hope to improve on those numbers with a full offseason to work out and to work with the receivers.

If you asked nearly any Bengals fan, they will say the Bengals got the better end of the trade, by far. Cincinnati used the first of their two picks to draft Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick last month. At next year’s draft, they’ll have either another first or a second round pick to use as well, depending on how the Raiders do in 2012. Considering that the Bengals got these picks for a guy that wasn’t going to play anyway, fans are understandably ecstatic. On the other side is Palmer and the Raiders. Palmer, in an interview today, said that it was time for the two sides to move on, and that both teams would look back on this trade favorably.

 

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