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Bengals trade QB Carson Palmer to Raiders

Molly Huscroft

Palmer (9) playing for the Cinncinati Bengals

Palmer traded to Oakland for two draft picks

The Cinncinati Bengals traded their franchise quarterback to the Oakland Raiders Tuesday.

The Bengals ended nine months of uncertainty Tuesday when they sent Carson Palmer to the Raiders for a pair of draft picks. Palmer, 31, told the Bengals in January that he would not play for them again and he wanted a trade, a request team owner Mike Brown stubbornly refused.

Tuesday Brown apparently changed his mind and traded Palmer for first-round and second-round picks, a better deal than was expected for the quarterback. The trade was a last minute move for the Raiders, whose quarterback, Jason Campbell, broke his collarbone in the first half of Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns.

Campbell had surgery Monday, and while he is confident he’ll return within six weeks, others worry he’s out for the season. Oakland Coach Hue Jackson acted fast to find a replacement.

“I went to bed at 10:30 a retired football player and got a text message at 4 a.m. and was told to get on a plane to Oakland…So it’s been a whirlwind,” said Palmer, according to The L.A. Times.

The Raiders are set to play the Kansas City Chiefs at home this Sunday.
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