The Oakland Raiders are all-in.
And they are as aggressive without Al Davis as they were with him.
In what would be one of the biggest NFL trade-deadline deals in recent memory, the Raiders are set to acquire quarterback Carson Palmer from Cincinnati. He had been on the retired list by the Bengals. The price is steep. Oakland is reportedly sending its first-round draft pick in 2012 for Palmer and a conditional first-round pick in 2013 for the quarterback. Oakland has a need at quarterback because starter Jason Campbell broke his collarbone Sunday.
The 4-2 Raiders feel they are a playoff team and this deal shows they are not interested in taking a step back because of Campbell's injury.
It was the type of deal Davis, who died Oct. 8, would have made. Oakland coach Hue Jackson (who coached Palmer in the past), Davis' son, Mark Davis, and CEO Amy Trask are the main decision-makers. They would have made Al Davis proud with this deal.
He often gave away premium picks for older players whom he thought would give his team a chance to win. Palmer will turn 32 in December. If this deal goes through, Oakland’s highest draft pick next year will be a fifth-round selection. They already dealt their second-, third- and fourth-round picks. They are set to get some comp picks for lost free agents, but they start at the end of the third round.
But the Raiders are clearly not worried about the future. They are trying to win right now. That’s why they are adding Palmer. We’ll have more on this trade later.