Former Oakland coach (and current Cincinnati assistant) Hue Jackson traded the Raiders’ 2012 first-round pick (the Bengals took cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick with the No. 17 pick) and the Raiders’ second-round pick in 2013 for Palmer. They made the move last October after starter Jason Campbell was lost for the season with a broken collarbone. The Raiders were 4-2 at the time of the trade and it was made with a serious playoff push in mind. However, Oakland finished 8-8 and the Raiders are 7-13 since the trade heading into Palmer’s first trip back to Cincinnati as a Raider on Sunday.
He will go there on the losing side of the trade, according to our poll. As of 5:25 p.m. ET, 70 percent believe it was not a good deal for Oakland, while 30 percent believe it was a good deal for Oakland.
I have to lean with the majority. I don’t think Palmer, who turns 33 next month, is a bad quarterback, but I’m not sure if he is the long-term answer and his won-loss record is not good with the Raiders. There are worse options than Palmer at quarterback, but the price was steep for the lack of payoff thus far.
Thanks to everyone who played along. Meanwhile, ESPN’s John Clayton looks at the Palmer situation in his mailbag.