Yahoo! Sports is reporting that the Oakland Raiders approached the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday night to inquire about trading for QB Carson Palmer.
The Raiders, who moved to 4-2 yesterday with a win over the Cleveland Browns, have reportedly lost starting QB Jason Campbell for the season with a broken collarbone.
Behind Campbell on the depth chart are Kyle Boller and former Ohio State QB Terrell Pryor. This is bad news for the Raiders because Boller just isn’t very good, and Pryor has yet to even practice after serving a five-game suspension.
The Raiders are contending this season and so going after Palmer is a very smart decision. However, Bengals owner Mike Brown has been steadfast that he will not trade Palmer, who had said that he would rather retire than play another season for Cincinnati.
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This is a smart move by the Raiders but my guess is that they would have to offer an unbelievable deal for Brown to part with Palmer. Don’t look now but the Bengals are also contending. Led by rookie QB Andy Dalton, the Bengals are 4-2 and right in the thick of the AFC North race. Sending Palmer to the Raiders, another contending team, could come back to bite the Bengals should they make the playoffs.
On top of all that, the Raiders have no second, third or fourth-round picks in 2012 so they may not have the firepower to trade for Palmer.