Carson Palmer leaving AFC North

I guess Carson Palmer won't be staying retired, after all.

The former Bengals quarterback, who has tormented the Ravens over the years, has been traded to the Raiders, according to reports.

Carson_Palmer-Bengals-sidebar.jpgIn return for the possibly-washed-up, two-time Pro Bowl QB, the Bengals will apparently receive Oakland's first-round pick in 2012 and a conditional first-rounder in 2013.

Bengals owner Mike Brown has been ripped quite a bit over the years, and deservedly so, but he should get a big pat on the back for this one. At worst, he'll get first- and second-round picks, and he might end up getting two first-rounders for a guy who wasn't even on his active roster yesterday.

A young, seemingly improving Bengals team will get a further infusion of young talent over the next couple years.

While it wasn't expected that Palmer would return to the Bengals, Ravens fans still have to be happy to see him leave the AFC North. While the 31-year-old quarterback's passing numbers were never all that strong against the Ravens (61 percent completion percentage, 15 touchdowns, 11 interceptions), he went 9-4 in 13 career match-ups with Baltimore.

Meanwhile, Palmer is now reunited with Raiders head coach Hue Jackson, the former Ravens quarterbacks coach who Palmer spent time with in Cincinnati. Jackson was the Bengals' wide receivers coach from 2004-2006.

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