MIAMI (CBSMiami.com) – Dolphins fans were clamoring for the team to trade for Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer in the preseason. Fins management explored it and decided against it and now we know why.
According to FoxSports’ Jay Glazer, Palmer was traded to the Oakland Raiders Tuesday morning for two draft picks. The Raiders, who are still in the playoff hunt in the AFC West paid dearly to get Palmer in the fold.
The Raiders traded away its first-round pick in the 2012 draft and a second-round pick in 2013 that can be upgraded to first-round pick depending on how well Palmer plays for the Raiders.
It’s a steep price, obviously too steep for most rational teams like the Dolphins, for the Raiders to pay in order to get a quarterback who has been in decline in recent years.
Palmer’s quarterback rating has dropped from 101 in 2005 to 82.4 during the 2010 regular season with the Bengals.
The interesting part is that Bengals owner Mike Brown has been roundly criticized for his handling of Palmer refusing to play for the Bengals.
In the end, Brown has to be laughing as he has his team on the right track towards rebuilding a team in Cincinnati.
The Bengals now have their starting quarterback and star wide receiver in house and will have two first round picks in 2012 and possibly two first round picks in 2013.
Not bad for an owner who most regard as the worst owner in the NFL, outside of Stephen Ross.