Some where Al Davis is smiling. Over the last two weeks Raiders Nation has been on a emotional roller coaster. After suffering the lose of their owner and NFL pioneer Al Davis the Raiders marched into Houston and walked out with a last second victory thanks to a Michael Huff interception in the end zone. The very next week the Raiders returned to Oakland to pay tribune to Davis in their first home game since his death against the Cleveland Browns and in the mix of celebrating the life of AL Davis, Jason Campbell the Raiders starting quarterback separated his shoulder on a scramble and will miss anywhere from 4-10 weeks.
With the lost of Campbell and while sitting at the top of the AFC West the Raiders were left in the dark looking for a new starting QB. Welp, Angels were smiling on the black hole this morbing.
As the clock moves quickly toward todays 4 p.m. EST NFL trade deadline the Oakland Raiders and the Cincinnati Bengals have agreed to terms sending former Bengals QB and former USC star Carson Palmer back to the west coast. Wow, talk about just Win baby. Who is behind this possible match made in heaven?
Current Raiders head coach Hue Jackson and Carson Palmer have a great relationship over the years being that Jackson was the Bengals receiver coach from 2004-2006. Once the deal is signed and sealed the Raiders will lose their first pick in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft and possibly a first rounder in 2013. Many may remember Bengals owner Mike Brown was passionate all off season and up until last night about not trading Palmer and letting Palmer “Get away easy” but the recent success of Bengals rookie quarterback Andy Dalton changed all that. Owning a 4-2 record to date is tied for first place in the AFC North.
Once the deal is done this may go down as one of the biggest moves made as the trade deadline approaches. Two weeks ago it appeared Palmer wouldn’t take a snap this season and that there would be not big trades made this year. Somewhere, someone is watching over the city of Oakland and Raider Nation. Palmer just may be the answer to all of the Raiders prayers.
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