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Oakland Raiders, Carson Palmer: Don't Get Ripped Off, Mark!

CINCINNATI - DECEMBER 26:  Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws a pass during the NFL game against the San Diego Chargers at Paul Brown Stadium on December 26, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals 34-20.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Raider Card AddictSenior Writer IOctober 17, 2011

When Jason Campbell went down last week, it was a bit of a shock for the Raider Nation out there.

Here was a player who was willing to put his body on the line to make things happen, getting hit and injured at home. While the prognosis is not good (the rumors from him not being back at all this season to some feeling he might be back late in the year), it's not a question on what do the Raiders look at for options.

More importantly...would the Raiders get suckered into a deal for an unproven player?

Most of the people out there look at Carson Palmer, the QB from Cinci who is willing to retire rather than play for the Bengals. It's also interesting because the Bengals are doing remarkably well without him, showing the identical record that the Raiders now have.

Like others, sure, you could sweeten the pot to land the QB...but would it be too much of a risk....too much to lose for him?

First and foremost, the Raiders already hold three workable QBs....yes, I'll throw Lechler in as a QB. It becomes a question if bringing in another QB would actually be better than simply letting Kyle Boller go out and learn the ropes in a week or two.

Before Campbell went down injured, the going rate for Palmer was a third-round pick, if that. If all of a sudden Brown thinks Palmer is worth a first- and second-round pick and a WR, forget it—go against KC with Boller, and let the journeyman prove his mettle. The Raiders have two weeks (three if you count the Denver game) for Boller to mesh with his teammates.

If the Raiders try to bring in Palmer, it may take him too long to acclimate to Oakland's plans.

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