The Bengals appear to be the overwhelming winner of Tuesday's Carson Palmer trade in the court of public opinion. The Raiders paid a high price to acquire quarterback Carson Palmer from the Bengals, giving up a 2012 first-round pick and a conditional pick in 2013 that could be a first rounder. That's a lot for any player, let alone a 31-year-old quarterback with a history of injuries.
But at our Raiders blog, Silver and Black Pride, writer Raymond St. Martin brings up one overlooked nugget that could forecast success for Palmer in Oakland. Raiders coach Hue Jackson has had success working with Palmer twice before.
4) Carson Palmer has been a very average quarterback for the past three seasons, but, had his two best seasons, 2005-06 while Hue Jackson was in Cincy as the receivers coach and apparently they worked together while Palmer was at USC. This bond could prove to be the foundation for Palmer to step back into the form that had him on the steps of greatness. It seems to be a theme with Hue that quarterbacks play well when he is on the roster.
If Jackson can resurrect Palmer's career, suddenly this trade doesn't look *quite* as lopsided.