With Oakland Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell suffering a broken collarbone in Sunday's win over the Browns, the team's 4-2 promising start to the season looked to be in jeopardy. Well, it still looks to be in jeopardy a few days later. But, in the meantime, the Raiders have reportedly made a bold personnel move to keep their playoff hopes alive.
On Tuesday, the Raiders reportedly agreed to ship a 2012 first-round draft pick and a conditional 2013 first-round selection to the Cincinnati Bengals in exchange for Carson Palmer. Pending a physical, the deal should be finalized.
Although longtime Raiders owner and patriarch Al Davis is no longer pulling the strings in Oakland, it appears that the organization still holds dearly to his "Just Win, Baby" motto. This move certainly prioritizes winning this year over building for the future.
Of course, Tim Kawakami of the San-Jose Mercury News does not see the Palmer move as being emblematic of Davis' principles.
"You get big/fast players by taking them in the draft, and Al loved that entire process," wrote Kawakami in a blog post after the Palmer deal became public. "So don't say this is a tribute to Al."
While it's impossible to know if Davis would have made the move, the Palmer-for-picks trade certainly looks at home alongside similar deals that the Raiders have made in recent years. Here are some of the more memorable swaps in recent Raiders history.
Which one worked out the best? Are there any that we're missing?