Carson Palmer traded to Raiders

The Raiders have acquired QB Carson Palmer from the Bengals in exchange for a 2012 1st-round pick and a conditional pick in 2013 that could become a 1st-rounder.  We're not sure what's more surprising -- that the Bengals dealt Palmer, or that they could get two 1st-rounders for him.  Palmer was once an elite QB, but his play has dropped off preciptiously of late. Over his last 2 seasons, he's completed a mediocre 61.2% of his passes with 47 TDs and 33 INTs.  He's still only 31 years old, but arm strength is a concern after elbow problems.  In Oakland, he'll be learning a new system, operating a run-heavy offense, and working with a talented but unproven group of WRs.  Consider Palmer no more than a mid-range QB2.  His addition is excellent news for the rest of the Raiders' skill-position players though.  It would have gotten ugly with QB Kyle Boller at the helm.  But the threat of Palmer will open up running room for RB Darren McFadden and keep WRs Darrius Heyward-Bey, Denarius Moore, and Jacoby's Ford's fantasy values afloat.

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