Carson Palmer's holdout is over, with the Cincinnati Bengals trading him to the Oakland Raiders. The new quarterback cost the Raiders a 2012 first-round pick and a conditional draft pick in 2013.
Palmer was demanding a trade in the off-season and threatened to retire if it didn't happen. Instead of retiring, he just didn't show up -- not formally retiring, SI.com reports.
Oakland's starter, Jason Campbell, broke his collarbone on Oct. 16 against the Cleveland Browns.
Only yesterday the Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis told the NFL Network: "... our organization is very firm in the statement that Carson is retired."
Until he isn't, apparently.
Two draft picks -- potentially both first-rounders -- is a big price to pay for one player -- especially when the Raiders are picking up his nearly $8 million salary.
But Palmer's upside, pedigree and experience may be just what the Raiders need to keep them top-of-mind in the AFC.