In a move that seemed unrealistic, the Cincinnati Bengals are on the verge of trading disgruntled quarterback Carson Palmer to the Oakland Raiders for a 2012 first-round pick and conditional 2013 pick, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
This move is surprising because Bengals owner Mike Brown had been adamant about not moving Palmer, who has decided to sit out rather this season rather than play for Cincinnati. It was only three years ago when Brown reportedly turned down two first-round picks for receiver Chad Ochocinco.
According to FoxSports' Jay Glazer, who first reported that the trade was close, the key to the deal was the relationship between Brown and Raiders head coach Hue Jackson, who was a Bengals assistant from 2004 to 2006. Jackson apparently got Brown to budge on his stance.
It's an interesting decision for the Bengals because they are helping another AFC team that has a winning record. Cincinnati could end up competing for a playoff spot against the same Raiders team that it just gave a starting quarterback.