The Cincinnati Bengals and Oakland Raiders completed a blockbuster trade that will send Carson Palmer to Oakland in exchange for a 2012 first round pick and a conditional pick in 2013 that could turn into another first rounder. It's a major trade that comes as a surprise to many because Bengals owner Mike Brown had given previous indications that they were unlikely to trade Palmer.
"Several factors made us believe that trading Carson to Oakland was the best move for the Bengals at this time," said Bengals president Mike Brown. "The principal development has been Andy Dalton, who has shown himself to be one of the best and most exciting young quarterbacks in the NFL. We have a good, young football team, and Andy can be the cornerstone of that team for a long time.
"We also find ourselves rather suddenly in position of being able to receive real value for Carson that can measurably improve our team - which is performing well and is showing real promise for this year and years to come. When this opportunity arose, we felt we could not let it pass, and needed to take a step forward with the football team if we could."
Brown was firm in his stance that they wouldn't trade Palmer but when you combine Andy Dalton playing well enough to lead the Bengals to a 4-2 record, and the Raiders offering up the compensation they did, the Bengals really had no choice but to do the deal.