Nov 25, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer (3) drops back to pass during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Leifheit-USA TODAY Sports
With today’s signing of UNC running back Giovani Bernard, the final piece of the 2011 Cincinnati Bengals overhaul is now in place. The deal concludes the 2011 trade with the Oakland Raider, in which they traded franchise QB Carson Palmer for a first-round draft pick in 2012, which was later used on Alabama All-American cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick and a 2013 second-rounder, which turned out to be Bernard. But this was just one of many significant trades the team made in 2011, which drastically re-shaped the team and turned them into a winner.