As the NFL trading deadline looms Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, the Raiders are attempting to fill a black hole at the NFL’s most critical position by approaching Cincinnati about quarterback Carson Palmer.
According to a source familiar with the team’s thinking, the Raiders were “trying hard” to make a deal for Palmer, although the source highly doubted that Cincinnati owner Mike Brown would deal Palmer.
Oakland quarterback Jason Campbell left the game with a broken collarbone and could miss the remainder of the season. That leaves the Raiders as a playoff competitor with a shaky quarterback situation. Kyle Boller is the starter and Terrelle Pryor, who just became eligible last week after a five-game suspension, is the backup.
Brown was apparently hurt by Palmer and doesn't feel the need to trade the veteran QB, so many feel this won't happen. Even if Palmer is working out, chances are it would take some time for him to get back up to game speed. You can take a chance on Palmer if you're in a deep league with lots of rosters spots, or, if he's allowed to take up an IR spot.