The Cincinnati Bengals made every fan question their reality and whether or not they were dreaming when they decided to pull the trigger, trading disgruntled quarterback Carson Palmer to the Oakland Raiders on October 18, 2011. What really made us all pinch ourselves was what we got for him. The Bengals got a first-round pick in the 2012 NFL draft, which they used on cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, and they got a conditional pick in the 2013 NFL draft, which could become a first-round pick if the Raiders made it to the AFC Championship game in 2011.
According to Steve Corkran, the Raiders blogger for the Contra Costa Times, the Bengals will be stuck with an extra second-round pick in 2013, which cannot be upgraded to a first, no matter what happens in 2012.
#Raiders final compensation for Carson Palmer trade is 2013 second-round draft pick. Can't upgrade to first-rounder, per Raiders official.
Even though many thought that what the team did in 2012 could affect the conditional draft pick in 2012, gaining Dre Kirkpatrick and a second-round pick, the round in which the Bengals nabbed Devon Still this year, is still one hell of a deal and based on Palmer's body of work over the last couple seasons, I would still call it one-sided. Stay tuned for more on this story.