With Jason Campbell possibly out for the season with a broken clavicle, the Oakland Raiders went out today and found a more than suitable replacement.
It's been reported that the Raiders have made a trade to the Cincinnati Bengals for quarterback Carson Palmer. The deal will send two draft picks to Cincy, the first round pick in 2012 and a conditional second round pick in 2013. The deal comes two days after Jason Campell's injury in a 24-17 victory over the Cleveland Browns.
This trade shows me two things this morning that make me pretty excited to be a Raiders fan and to be apart of the Raider Nation.
First, and most importantly, Hue Jackson and Amy Trask are showing the Nation that they want to win it for Al. They want to win now! And with the weapons the Raiders have at wide receiver, and with arguably the best running back in football with Darren McFadden, Carson Palmer will have allot of options that will cause nightmares for opposing defensive coordinators. With Palmer you have a veteran who has been apart of two division titles with the Bengals, who before that hadn't won the division in almost 20 years. Palmer has shown he can win with weapons around him. It shouldn't be any different in Oakland.
Second, Hue Jackson has a very large set of marbles for making this deal happen. Jackson, who should be the top candidate for the General Manager opening, has this team making strides in the right direction. The Raiders are 4-2 this season, best start since 2002, and are playing with a swagger we haven't seen from the Raiders since that Super Bowl season. With the moves made this week, Arron Curry and Palmer, Hue Jackson is showing he knows what he is doing. He has turned this team into his team and with Palmer, playing under Jackson's offense in Cincy, knows his system and can play right away.
With the trade, the Raiders become the instant favorites to come out as AFC West Champs! And like the Arizona Cardnals and Green Bay Packers have shown, all you have to do is get into the Playoffs. With Palmer running the offense the Raiders are instantly a better team. Time will tell over the next 10 games how the West will be won. But for right now, the Raiders are the heavy favorite.