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Raiders Land Carson Palmer



    Raiders Land Carson Palmer
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    Carson Palmer, formerly of the Cincinnati Bengals, is due to make $7.44 million for the remainder of this season.

    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, 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.