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Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 10/18/2011

Carson Palmer traded to Oakland Raiders (updated)


Changing his stripes. (Matthew Stockman / Getty Images)
Updated at 4:01 p.m.

The Carson Palmer trade is official, with the Oakland Raiders announcing the deal just after the 4 p.m. trade deadline.

Filed at 10:32 a.m.

Carson Palmer apparently is getting his wish.

The Oakland Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals have completed a deal that will send the quarterback to the Bay Area in exchange for two first-round picks, according to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer and ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The deal for Palmer, who is not playing this season as he waited out a trade demand, is expected to be one of the biggest on trade-deadline day in years, with the Bengals getting a first-round pick in 2012 and a conditional first-round pick in 2013. Palmer, 31, had indicated that he’d retire rather than play for Bengals owner Mike Brown. Conveniently, rookie quarterback Andy Dalton stepped up for the 4-2 Bengals and Brown was able to wait for a team with a need.

That team, suddenly on Sunday, was the Oakland Raiders. Former Washington Redskins QB Jason Campbell broke his collarbone and the Raiders, down to Kyle Boller and Terrelle Pryor, were ready to deal. (Campbell, by the way, is a free agent after this season.)

The logical choice was Palmer, who played at USC and reportedly has been working out in the Bay Area with Ken O’Brien, the former New York Jets quarterback. In addition, Raiders Coach Hue Jackson had a connection to Palmer in Cincinnati; Jackson coached the Bengals’ wide receivers from 2004-06. Palmer, according to ESPN, is taking a physical now; after he passes, the paperwork will be sent to the NFL.

The NFL trade deadline is 4 p.m. and the two biggest moves of late have involved wide receivers. In 2008, the Detroit Lions traded Roy Williams and a seventh-round pick to the Dallas Cowboys for first-, third- and sixth-round picks. In 2009, the Browns traded wide receiver Braylon Edwards to the Jets.

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