The Carson Palmer-lockout is coming to an end as a new saga begins in Oakland. ESPN reported that the Cincinnati Bengal's Pro-Bowl quarterback Carson Palmer has been traded to the Oakland Raider for two first-round draft picks.
The first first-round pick from the Raiders is in 2012 and the second first-round pick is a conditional pick in 2013. If the Raiders win a playoff game this year, the 2013 pick would be a first-round pick, however, if the Raiders fail to win a post-season game then the pick in 2013 would turn into a second-round choice.
Palmer announced in the pre-season that he was going to retire if the Cincinnati Bengals did not trade or release him. Palmer has been spending his time working out in Southern California during the first six weeks of the season.
This deal became achievable when the Raiders lost their starting quarterback Jason Campbell to a broken collarbone Sunday. The Bengals agreed as they saw their rookie quarterback Andy Dalton guide their team to a 4-2 record.
Palmer already has a good bond with Raiders Head Coach Hue Jackson. Jackson worked with Palmer in Cincinnati from 2004-2006, when Jackson was working as the Bengals' wide receiver coach.
ESPN further reported that Palmer was willing to reconstruct his contract to fit under the $6 million left under the Raider's current salary cap. Palmer is set to receive $6.9 million for the remainder of the season.
Accorind to NFL.com, Palmer has four years and $50 million left on his current contract and stands to earn $11.5 million this season.