The NFL trade deadline rarely has blockbuster deals done at the last minute but the 2011 NFL trade deadline appears to be different. Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports that the Cincinnati Bengals and Oakland Raiders are close to a deal that would send Carson Palmer to the Raiders for a 2012 first round pick.
This would be stunning for a number of reasons. First, after Palmer told the Bengals earlier this summer that he would retire if he weren't traded, the Bengals held firm in their stance that they wouldn't trade him. Second, the Raiders would be trading away a 2012 first round pick meaning they wouldn't have picks in the first, second, third or fourth rounds of the 2012 draft. Third, is Palmer really worth a first round pick? The scuttlebutt going around the league had him pegged as worth a second round pick, at best.
The Raiders are in need of a quarterback after Jason Campbell was lost indefinitely due to a broken collarbone. Adding Palmer would likely keep the Raiders as legitimate contenders in the AFC West.