Three takes on the Bengals trading Carson Palmer

October 18, 2011|By Matt Vensel

The stalemate in Cincinnati appears to be over.

Multiple news outlets are reporting that the Bengals have finally agreed to trade away Pro Bowl quarterback Carson Palmer, who was unofficially retired and officially sick of the Cincinnati circus. The Oakland Raiders, who were stuck with former Ravens whipping boy Kyle Boller as their starter after Jason Campbell shattered his collarbone, will reportedly pay a first-round draft pick in 2012 and a conditional pick in 2013 for Palmer.

This is one of those rare trades where both teams end up winning -- and the deal could help the Ravens, too.

Why Oakland wins: Well, Boller won’t have to be the starting quarterback, so that’s obviously a plus. But the sad twist of fate for Campbell actually turns out to be a positive for the 4-2 Raiders, who have seriously upgraded at quarterback. Palmer, a California native, passed for 22,694 yards and 154 touchdowns in 97 games for the dysfunctional Bengals. He makes them better now, and is under contract through the 2014 season.

Why Cincinnati wins: Palmer was dead money on the roster. He apparently wasn’t bluffing when he said he would rather be retired than play for the Bengals, and finally, the team did the smart thing and traded him while they could still get fair value. The team is 4-2 under rookie quarterback Andy Dalton, so it’s not as if they were desperate to bring Palmer back. And now they get at least one first-round pick (and maybe two) from the Raiders. I’m not sold on Cincy’s staying power this season, but those picks can help them reload quickly.

Why Baltimore benefits: Palmer didn’t make the list of “Ravens killers” I put together a couple of weeks ago, but if I wrote a “Six for Friday” post, Palmer would have made the cut. He is 9-4 all-time against the Ravens, who have to feel good about not having to worry about playing Palmer twice a season anymore.

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