The Oakland Raiders traded their 2012 first round pick and 2013 second round pick with conditional conditions. If the Raiders win a playoff game this season the pick then becomes a first round draft pick as well. Two high draft picks for……..Carson Palmer?! Huh? The same Carson Palmer who has done squat since suffering a torn ACL in the 2005 playoff game versus Pittsburgh? That guy?!
In defense for the Raiders, they did just lose their starting QB Jason Campbell for the season. The Raiders record currently stands at 4-2, and are in prime position to make a run for the division or a wild card berth. This is the Raiders best season since the 2002 Super Bowl run. The Raiders record after that season is a combined 37-91 not counting this season, so I can understand the necessity of winning now, but TWO potential first rounders can kill long term growth for a team. That is two potential starters that the Raiders will miss out on for a player that has not played all season. Did the Raiders not see how the Colts have failed this season with now injured Kerry Collins?! Kerry Collins was drinking a beer and eating chips on his couch when the Colts called him to play football a couple weeks before the season started. Guess who was sitting next to him? Carson Palmer!
Raiders coach Hue Jackson better hope this experiment works, if it doesn’t heads will roll. Next year the Raiders only have a fifth and sixth round draft picks. The Raiders do expect to earn compensatory picks for losing Nnamdi Asomugha, Zach Miller, Robert Gallery, Bruce Gradkowski, and Thomas Howard to free agency this past offseason. Still the Raiders leave a lot of head scratching on this move, like who was really behind giving up TWO potential first rounders? One first round pick is extremely too much for Carson Palmer! But TWO! I guess the Raiders are on a Super Bowl or Bust mindset, unfortunately BUST is more likely to happen.