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Sunday, January 23, 2011
Timing not right for Palmer in Oakland

By Bill Williamson

Had Carson Palmer asked to be traded a year ago, the Oakland Raiders likely would have been at the top of the list of logical destinations for the unhappy Cincinnati quarterback to land.

Now?

The timing just isn’t right.

While Jason Campbell has yet to prove that he can be the long-term answer in Oakland, Palmer doesn’t appear to be a better option at this point.

Last year, though, would have been a different story.

Palmer played for Hue Jackson early in his career in Cincinnati and Jackson is credited for helping develop Palmer. Jackson -- who was promoted to head coach last week by Oakland -- was hired as offensive coordinator last January. The Raiders considered several quarterback options last offseason as they decided to move away from JaMarcus Russell. The Raiders finally decided to trade for Campbell, 29, on the final day of the draft last April.

If Palmer was available in March, I bet he would have been reunited with Jackson.

Now that Palmer, 31, might be available, the Raiders likely won’t be looking for a veteran quarterback. I could see the Raiders drafting a quarterback to develop, but I don’t see a veteran being brought in to compete with Campbell.

Palmer’s Cincinnati teammate Chad Ochocinco might be available, and an Ochocinco-Jackson reunion seems more likely than a Palmer-Jackson reunion. Oakland needs a veteran receiver to help its young receivers, and Ochocinco could be the guy.