The Oakland Raiders will own their first-round pick in 2013 even if they go on a deep playoff run.
The team clarified Wednesday that the trade conditions of the Carson Palmer trade with Cincinnati last October was all based on the Raiders’ 2011 performance. Thus, it is guaranteed that the remaining pick Oakland will send to Cincinnati is its second-round pick in 2013. It had been widely reported that the pick would turn into a first-round pick if the Raiders make the AFC title game.
The Raiders sent their first-round pick in the 2012 draft as part of the deal. Kudos to the new Oakland regime for bringing clarity to this situation.
Meanwhile, via the Oakland Tribune, here are some nuggets from the Raiders’ OTA session Wednesday:
Center Stefen Wisniewski is expected to be out until training camp in late July as he rehabilitates from a shoulder injury. It is somewhat worrisome since Wisniewski is moving from guard to center and he is missing critical practice time. Yet, I think he will be able to catch up in camp.
Rookie receiver Juron Criner continued to make some eye-popping catches. He has been an OTA star. I can’t wait to see the fifth-round pick in the preseason. There is no doubt he has ability, but there is a difference between OTA and the training camp. Still, I think the Raiders have a prize here.
Second-year quarterback Terrelle Pryor struggled some Wednesday. That’s just the way it is. Expect Pryor to be up and down as he develops. A bad day in June is no big deal.
Also, the Raiders announced restricted free agent Desmond Bryant was re-signed.