As expected, the Oakland Raiders have traded Carson Palmer to the Arizona Cardinals. In addition to Palmer, Oakland sends over a 2013 seventh round pick in exchange for the Cardinals 2013 sixth round pick and a conditional 2014 seventh round selection. The condition is for Palmer to start 13 games, so barring an injury the Raiders should cash in.
It has been quite a successful couple of days for Oakland so far; trading two late-round draft picks for quarterback Matt Flynn, acquiring cornerback Tracy Porter and disposing of Palmer to Arizona–increasing their draft position in the process. Oakland fans have been waiting patiently for these exact moves to occur.
It is easy to say that the move for Palmer was overzealous in a big way. Keep in mind that the move was finalized by a previous regime with an overtly confident head coach in Hue Jackson, that threw outstanding amounts of money to people who weren’t always worth the paycheck.
The move creates $9.3 million in dead-money that will carry over to the 2014 season. Palmer only went 8-16 as a starter for Oakland. Despite the Raiders’ 3-13 finish, Palmer had a relatively good season for himself, throwing for 4,018 yards and 22 touchdowns.
He might be damaged goods, but in Bruce Arians’s vertical attack-type offense–Palmer should do very well. On top of that, he has a certain someone named Larry Fitzgerald to throw to. Palmer’s receiving corps in Oakland combined for 39 dropped passes in 2012, while Arizona totaled for a significant amount less in 22.
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