Jay Glazer is reporting that the Cincinnati Bengals and Oakland Raiders have a deal in place that would send QB Carson Palmer to the Raiders for a 2012 First Round Draft Pick and a conditional pick in the future.
Surprising move by the Bengals whose Owner Mike Brown is known for refusing to give in to players demands. But a first round pick is huge, especially for a 4-2 Bengals team that appear to finally be on the rise.
The Raiders, already without a second, third and fourth round pick in the 2012 draft, would now not have a pick until the fifth round. With the news that QB Jason Campbell broke his collarbone last week, the 4-2 Raiders need a QB.
UPDATE: Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that, not only is the trade official, but the conditional pick is a first rounder in 2013.
Good timing for the Raiders; after hosting the Chiefs this Sunday, the team has its BYE week.
The move obviously hurts the New York Jets as the Raiders will be fighting for a Wild Card spot with the Jets this season if they can’t catch the Division leading San Diego Chargers. At 4-2 the Raiders and Bengals are a game ahead of the Jets.