CINCINNATI (CBS/AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals have reversed course and have settled on a trade with the Oakland Raiders for quarterback Carson Palmer, according to CBS Sports.
The Bengals had been adamant that they wouldn’t trade Palmer, who hasn’t played since the end of last season. The franchise quarterback decided he wouldn’t play another season with Cincinnati, even though his contract runs through the 2014 season.
But Oakland found a way to pry Palmer away from the Bengals, dealing a 2012 first-round draft pick and a 2013 conditional first-round pick to the Bengals for the no-longer-retired quarterback. Reports indicate that the 2013 conditional pick is a first-round pick only if Oakland wins at least one playoff game.
CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman confirms that the trade — as originally reported by Jay Glazer of Fox Sports — is a done deal. Glazer noted that Hue Jackson’s close relationship with Bengals Owner Mike Brown — Jackson was the former wide receivers coach in Cincinnati — helped grease the wheels.
Having already given up their second-, fourth- and seventh-round picks in trades, and used their third-round pick on Terrelle Pryor, the Raiders only had one real pick of value in 2012 to give up, and they were apparently willing to move it in order to make themselves a contender for the remainder of the year.
The Raiders need a quarterback after Jason Campbell broke his collarbone, leaving Kyle Boller as the starter. The Bengals changed their minds after the Raiders offered a first-round draft pick as part of a deal, according to a source speaking on condition of anonymity because no deal was done.
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