Oakland Raiders Can Finally Admit Trading For Carson Palmer Was a Huge Mistake

By Dan Parzych
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After refusing to restructure his contract with the team, everybody knew it was only a matter of time before the Oakland Raiders parted ways with Carson Palmer–whether it was through a trade or a release. Now that he’s officially a member of the Arizona Cardinals, it’s safe to say the organization made a huge mistake when they acquired Palmer from the Cincinnati Bengals during the 2011 season.

That year, the Raiders were 7-4 at one point and seemed to be in control of winning the AFC West before they ended the year by losing four of their last five games–losing the division title to Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos. The only reason why the team was willing to surrender a first and second round pick to the Bengals at the time was because they had the “win now” mentality as they believed Palmer was the answer to lead them to the postseason after Jason Campbell suffered a season-ending injury.

Obviously–that was far from the case.

If the last two seasons are any indication, Palmer is no longer capable of being the effective quarterback from his glory days with the Bengals and while his numbers may seem impressive at first glance from the 2012 season–keep in mind most of those statistics came during garbage time when the Raiders were trailing late in games. The Cardinals may have been just as desperate for a new quarterback, but there’s no question Oakland came up as the biggest losers when it comes to Palmer considering they surrendered two key draft picks for nothing when it’s all said and done.

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