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The level of compensation is stunning. I'd heard Marvin Lewis would have been thrilled to get a...

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The level of compensation is stunning. I'd heard Marvin Lewis would have been thrilled to get a second-round pick for Palmer, both as fair compensation and to get the Palmer distraction off the franchise's hands. But to get a solid first-round pick, plus the prospect of another first- from the Raiders in 2013, is the kind of trade that could certainly change the course of the two franchises playing surprisingly well in 2011. But this will affect both franchises for many years. The Raiders now do not have a pick in the 2012 draft until the fifth round. And the Bengals, who may have struck gold in this year's draft by picking receiver A.J. Green and quarterback Andy Dalton in the top 35 picks, now will be in prime 2012 draft position, with two first-rounders.

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