a4ce wrote:I don't think they "mortgaged" their future. If you take the time to look at their roster, they are a very young team aside from the DT/NT spot. With the remaining picks(5th and 6th plus comp picks in 2012) they should be able to pick up a DT for Seymour to groom. And with the money they save by not having high picks, they can go after some proven players during FA. The shock of a first in 2012 and a conditional first in 2013(it's a first if they Raiders make it to the AFC Championship, if not it's a second) is a steep price but I think Palmer is a better QB than Campbell and should do very well with the weapons he has in Oakland. HueJax has the team moving forward and knew that Boller would slow it down.
I wouldn't call it mortgaged either. More like assisted suicide.
Let's be real here; late picks normally don't amount to much more than special teams players or practice squad players in most cases. The chances of them becoming starter quality is extremely low, so I wouldn't count on the Raiders picking up a replacement level player (especially for Richard Seymour) late.
And as for money saved by not having high picks, this might have been a good call prior to the new CBA but (without looking it up) the contract for the #1 overall pick (Cam Newton in this case) is something like 4 years/$22 Million where Carson Palmer signed a 4 year/$48M deal. In other words, they are paying him more money than they would have if they had the #1 overall pick two years in a row.
Last, I'd like to submit that Carson Palmer *may* be a better QB than Jason Campbell, and is likely a better QB than Kyle Boller. The truth is that I have a hard time believing he'll be good this year in an offense he doesn't know (but might have familiarity with due to previous coaching) and players he hasn't worked with. Also looming is the arm power problems we've seen the past 3 years. I know Carson has been saying his power is back, but how is this speech any different than every player who needs a job? In the end, I agree that he's a better option than Boller for this year but not better than Campbell and will still have major problems due to his declining play.