The only other quarterbacks on Oakland's roster are Kyle Boller and Terrelle Pryor. Boller has not started a game sense he was with Baltimore back in 2007. He has had some starter experience, but not nearly enough for the Raiders to trust him at the reigns. Pryor is a rookie from Ohio State who was suspended the first 5 games and was only reinstated Monday. He is a long term project that may not even play quarterback in the future.
The free agent pool is also quite empty as the best option is David Garrard, but Garrard now needs surgery and will not be able to play for anyone during the 2011 season.
So the Raiders offered a 1st and 2nd rounder for Palmer, and Mike Brown, the owner of the Bengals, accepted. The Raiders play Kansas City this weekend, and after that have a bye. Week 9 the team plays Denver at home, and Palmer is expected to make his debut in that game. Kyle Boller will most likely start the game this Sunday. Palmer has been working with trainer and former NFL QB Ken O'Brian and apparently is in "top shape."
Is this a good move? Yes it is. But maybe not for the price. While I do believe that this move helps the Raiders, and puts them in a better situation then they even were with Campbell, I think they gave up way to much. A first and second round pick that may possibly become another first rounder is just to much for Palmer. The Raiders need to improve all across the board, and giving up two picks that could be used on players that would be the future of the team just for Palmer will be a bad move in my books.
|Will Palmer be worth the price?|
After this move, the Raiders only have picks in round 5 and 6 of this years draft. The first rounder traded for Palmer, the second rounder to New England for other picks that led to Joe Barksdale and Taiwan Jones. The third round pick was used on Pryor in the supplemental draft, and the fourth was used to trade for Jason Campbell. The seventh round pick was used to acquire linebacker Aaron Curry, a former first round pick, from Seattle. However the Raiders will most likely gain some compensation picks in late rounds after heavy losses in free agency.
This is the kind of move you would expect Al Davis to make, giving up to much for a player not worth the price. Davis is now deceased, but apparently Raiders have not changed.
Oakland was right to make the move for Palmer, but should not have given up as much as they did.
Oakland was not the only team making moves this week, as the Eagles and Lions made a deal to swap running backs. Detroit will receive Ronnie Brown from the Eagles for Jerome Harrison and a 2013 7th round pick.
Detroit gets Ronnie Brown who is an inside rusher and is a great pick up for the Lions. They have a more powerful back and can fill in for Jahvid Best any time, and will be a good replacement for Leshoure for the rest of the season.
Overall a fair trade for both teams here. Both improve their running back depth.