The Oakland Raiders are hosting the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend and after losing Jason Campbell to a broken collarbone in Week 6, the Raiders have been looking for a number of quarterbacks. Reportedly, they reached out to guys like Carson Palmer, Todd Collins and plan to work out Todd Bouman.
The big name in that group is Palmer, the quarterback who told the Cincinnati Bengals last summer that he would retire if the team didin't trade him. The thinking was that the Bengals would hold firm and refuse to trade him.
That was the thinking until the Raiders apparently offered a first round pick for his services. Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports that the Bengals and Raiders are nearing a deal that would send Palmer to Oakland for a 2012 first round pick. ESPN's Chris Mortensen follows it up saying it also involves a 2013 conditional pick that could turn into another first rounder with incentives and playing time.
This would be a stunning move if it happens (and it sounds like it will). Still, it's hard to see Palmer playing this weekend against the Chiefs, or at least being effective, considering he hasn't been on the practice field with an NFL team since since the end of the 2010 season.