Buying or Selling Carson Palmer as the Oakland Raiders’ Franchise QB

The Oakland Raiders enter the 2012 NFL season with the intention of contending in what appears to be a very winnable AFC West, and a great deal of their hopes for their upcoming campaign rest on how quarterback Carson Palmer fares in his second year with the team.

However, Palmer and the Raiders first-team offense have struggled in the preseason, calling into question not only the 32-year-old's ability to lead Oakland into the playoffs, but the wisdom of the deal that brought him to Oakland in the first place.

First, let's just get this out of the way. In sending a first-round pick in 2012 and a second-round pick in 2013 to the Cincinnati Bengals for Palmer, the Raiders badly overpaid. It was a panic trade made in the power vacuum caused by Al Davis' passing after starting quarterback Jason Campbell broke his collarbone. There's really no other way to look at it.

That said, it's water under the bridge and the Raiders can't un-ring the bell, so the more pressing question becomes what does having Carson Palmer under center in Oakland mean moving forward?

Unfortunately, the 10th-year veteran hasn't done a whole lot to inspire the warm and fuzzies in that regard either. Granted, Palmer showed some flashes last year in throwing for 2,753 yards and 13 touchdowns.

However, for every needle that Palmer threaded he inspired a cringe, making multiple poor decisions with the football that resulted in 16 interceptions. More importantly than the picks, the Raiders push for the postseason came up short, making the trade seem that much more ill-advised in hindsight.

Palmer hasn't taken any better care of the football this year. In three preseason starts, Palmer hasn't posted a passer rating of over 55, he has yet to throw a touchdown pass and he's been intercepted four times. Palmer was quick to dismiss those struggles when speaking with Jerry McDonald of The San Jose Mercury-News.

Article Source: Bleacher Report - Oakland Raiders