Carson Palmer Will Re-Establish His Reputation with a Playoff Run in Oakland

The Oakland Raiders followed the loss of a monumental piece of their franchise by attempting to bring in a big cog in the form of a starting quarterback.

Obviously, no matter how good Carson Palmer does in the Silver and Black, he will not replace Al Davis.

However, that does not mean that Palmer will not have a lot of success with Davis' franchise. The trade to acquire Palmer was a very Al Davis-esque move in that it was widely criticized and, in places, laughed at. It was an aggressive move, and while they did pay more than the market value for Palmer, it is a move that should prove a good one in the long-term. Much like Davis' decisions in the draft to build a team based on speed, this move should surprise quite a lot of people.

The first thing you must consider of course is the price that the team paid. Palmer is not a franchise quarterback because of his age and injury history. That said, the Raiders did the right thing in bringing him in. Waiting for Jason Campbell was not an option, regardless of how fast he believed he could heal.

The Raiders team is maturing behind the leadership of Darren McFadden on offense and Richard Seymour on defense. With Jason Campbell at quarterback, the Raiders offense had shown a lot of promise early in the season without becoming a juggernaut. The youthful receiving corp appears to finally be full of playmakers, as Denarius Moore, Jacoby Ford and even Darrius Heyward-Bey are all contributing in the absence of Louis Murphy.

Kevin Boss should be a reliable target for Palmer, while Darren McFadden is arguably playing the best football from his position in the league, outside of Adrian Peterson.

Defensively, the Raiders may be 25th in the league, but the division rival Kansas City Chiefs are 32nd and the Denver Broncos are 31st with Tim Tebow taking over on offense. This leaves the AFC West to be fought out between the Raiders and San Diego Chargers.

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