Carson Palmer finds new life in Oakland

October, 18, 2011
10/18/11
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Carson Palmer leaves Cincinnati ranked in the top 3 in most of the team's career passing lists.

Carson Palmer was traded to the Oakland Raiders for a first-round pick in the 2012 draft and a second-round pick in the 2013 draft from the Cincinnati Bengals. Since 1990, 12 other non-rookie quarterbacks were traded for a first round pick, including Drew Bledsoe (2002), Brad Johnson (1998), Joe Montana (1993) and Brett Favre (1992).

Palmer is coming off a difficult 2010 season in which he tied a career-high with 20 interceptions and went 4-12 as the Bengals starter. His 23 turnovers in 2010 were the fourth most in the NFL behind Eli Manning (30), Favre (24) and Drew Brees (24). In fact, Palmer hasn’t been among the NFL’s statistically elite quarterbacks since 2007, the season before he missed 12 games with a serious elbow injury.

Palmer leaves Cincinnati ranked in the top three in franchise history in completion percentage (first at 62.9), completions (second with 2,024), pass yards (third with 22,694) and TD passes (third with 154). He’ll be reunited with Raiders head coach Hue Jackson, the Bengals wide receivers coach during Palmer’s first three years as a starter in Cincinnati.

The Raiders were in the market for a QB after losing starter Jason Campbell to a broken collarbone in Week 6 that could ultimately end his season. The only options at QB were Kyle Boller and rookie Terrelle Pryor. Boller has thrown more interceptions (51) than touchdowns (48) in his career while Pryor has yet to see the field. He was suspended for the first five games of the season for NCAA violations he committed while at Ohio State.

Palmer had a 50.0 Total QBR from 2008 to 2010, which ranks as 26th best in the NFL during that span, minimum 100 action plays (total of 75 qualifiers). Campbell’s Total QBR was 49.7 over that span.

After trading their 2012 first-round pick to the Bengals, the Raiders have now traded away their first, second, third, fourth and seventh round picks in next spring’s draft. They could become the first team since the 1989 Raiders to make no picks in the first four rounds of a draft. That year, the Raiders traded away their draft picks in each of the first five rounds.

At 4-2, the Raiders have a good chance to finish the year with a winning record for the first time since 2002, when they went 11-5 and advanced to the Super Bowl. Oakland is one of three teams (along with the Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers) to not have a winning record in each of the last eight seasons.

The Raiders eight season playoff drought is the longest in franchise history. Only three teams have played more seasons since their last postseason trip – the Buffalo Bills and Lions (11) and Houston Texans (nine).

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