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Raiders' Palmer makes return to Cincinnati

CINCINNATI — So many things had to happen for Carson Palmer to get out of Cincinnati.

Another team that was a midseason contender had to find itself suddenly needing a quarterback. Oakland's Jason Campbell broke his collarbone shortly before the trade deadline last season, setting a complex sequence in motion.

Someone needed to have a high opinion of Palmer's ability coming off a 4-12 season in Cincinnati. Raiders coach Hue Jackson knew him as well as anyone, having scouted him in high school.

The price had to be high. The Raiders satisfied the requirement by offering a first-round pick and a conditional second-rounder, persuading stubborn Bengals owner Mike Brown to reconsider.

One thing left. The Bengals had to be certain that rookie Andy Dalton — taken in the second round to replace Palmer — was up to it.

Dalton became the final piece in the very difficult fit.


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