Carson Palmer: No hard feelings on abrupt Raiders exit


You may remember the time Hue Jackson made a pretty insane trade to land Carson Palmer.

The Raiders sent a first- and second-round pick to the Cincinnati Bengals to acquire the veteran quarterback in 2011. Two years later, the Raiders dealt Palmer and a seventh-round pick to the Cardinals for sixth- and seventh-round picks. That's called a low return on your investment.

"It ended abruptly," Palmer recalled Wednesday, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. "They obviously wanted to go in a different direction and they expressed that to me when they wanted to, obviously, tear up my contract."

Palmer will return to O.Co Coliseum for the first time since the trade when the Cardinals meet the winless Raiders on Sunday.

"I'm sure it's going to be a very electric atmosphere," he said. "It's special to play in front of those fans. There really is nothing like the Raider Nation. There is nothing like being a Raider."

"I don't have any hard feelings with them wanting to go in a different direction. I understand this business. ... I loved wearing that shield."

It's an easy outlook to have. Palmer escaped the eternally-rebuilding Raiders and got a fresh start with a talented and well-coached Cardinals team that's 15-6 since his arrival. The Raiders, meanwhile, hope they've finally -- finally -- found a long-term answer at quarterback in Derek Carr.

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