The Oakland Raiders are close to acquiring Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer for a 2012 first round pick and a future conditional pick, according to a report.
FoxSports.com reports that the deal is expected to be completed before Tuesday's deadline and that Raiders coach Hue Jackson's relationship with Bengals owner Mike Brown was a big help in acquiring Palmer.
The Raiders suddenly became in the market for a quarterback after starter Jason Campbell broke his collarbone against the Browns on Sunday. The team initially inquired with free agent David Garrard about joining the team as a starter, but Garrard informed the team on Monday that he would be out for the remainder of the season due to surgery on a herniated disk.
That immediately created speculation that the Raiders could attempt to pry Palmer away from the Bengals, but many were doubtful the two teams could agree to a deal. Palmer is yet to play a game this season after refusing to return to Cincinnati during the off-season and demanding a trade.
Bengals owner Brown had refused to trade Palmer thus far -- essentially forcing the former Heisman Trophy winner into an early retirement.
But now it appears Palmer will get a chance to start for a playoff contender and the Bengals get some additional draft picks to build around rookie quarterback Andy Dalton.
The Raiders also get a legitimate starting quarterback to use instead of backup Kyle Boller or the unproven rookie Terrelle Pryor. The deal figures to help the 4-2 Raiders a lot in the near-term, but is a fairly hefty long-term price to pay for a quarterback that hasn't played all season and was plagued by elbow injuries in recent years.