The news the Raiders are about to trade for quarterback Carson Palmer is stunning in itself — I didn’t think the Bengals would let him go this season — but also speaks to the importance of the position and underscores how, in trades, overpaying for a QB is always possible and apparently necessary.
There were plenty of people who weren’t happy about the price paid for Kevin Kolb this offseason for the Cardinals, which was a second-round pick and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. But Kolb is at five years younger than Palmer, and many are concerned Palmer’s arm injuries have zapped him of what once made his special. The price for that? At least a first- and a second-round pick, and if the Raiders win one playoff game — which would be good for a franchise that has been in the dumps, definitely — it becomes two first-round picks. That’s an amazingly high price.
If Palmer had future upside, it’d be one thing, but it seems limited.
Coming back to the Kolb question, however, it’s the price to play poker. The Raiders needed a QB badly after the collarbone injury to Jason Campbell, especially when it looks like the running game and defense can get Oakland to the postseason. The Cardinals, likewise, needed a quarterback in the worst way, so they pulled the trigger. Will Kolb — or Palmer, for that matter — work out? Some time is needed to truly evaluate that. Everyone had high expectations for Kolb right away, fair or not, and Palmer will be viewed under the same prism. But their most important qualification is simply the position they play, and what it means to an NFL team.
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