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Raiders Say They Are Still Happy with Carson Palmer

The Raiders were 4-2 when Jason Campbell suffered a broken collarbone and they traded two draft picks – including a 2012 first-rounder – to the Bengals for Carson Palmer in mid-October. Oakland has won three games since, and Palmer has more interceptions (13) than touchdown passes (nine), but coach Hue Jackson said he doesn’t regret the trade.

“I’m pleased,” Jackson said in a teleconference. “I went back and got him because I know who he is, I have history with him. I think we kind of understand each other, and he gave us the best opportunity to win now, so that’s why he’s here.”

Palmer sat out the first part of the season in a faux retirement after the Bengals declined his initial trade requests. He played as a backup days after the trade and has started Oakland’s past six games with mixed results. His struggles have been increasingly apparent the past two weeks, when he completed less than 50 percent of his passes in a blowout loss to the Dolphins and threw four interceptions in last week’s 46-16 pounding by Green Bay.

“Obviously, we’ve had some turnovers here lately and that’s what Detroit’s done a great job at is getting turnovers, so we have to do a better job of taking care of the ball,” Jackson said. “But other than that, I think he’s done a tremendous job.”


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