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Don’t Rush to Pick Up Carson Palmer

Carson Palmer (ROB CARR/AP Photo)

After an abbreviated “retirement,” Carson Palmer was traded to the Oakland Raiders Tuesday.

This news not only shook up the NFL world, but also created a rush to pick up the once elite quarterback. Palmer was one of the most added players in the league this week. His ownership rose 29 percent according to ESPN fantasy leagues. But will Palmer be able to make a significant fantasy impact?

In 2010, Palmer threw for 3,970 yards with 26 touchdowns and 20 interceptions on a struggling Bengals team. During the offseason, Palmer threatened retirement if he was not traded. Bengals owner Mike Brown declined to trade Palmer, beginning a new chapter for both Cincinnati and Palmer. The Bengals drafted Andy Dalton to be their new quarterback as Palmer began his retirement.

On Tuesday, Palmer was traded to Oakland for a 2012 first round pick and a 2013 conditional second round pick, which can become a first round pick if the Raiders reach the AFC championship game in either this season or next, according to NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi.

While Oakland has obviously put a lot of stock into Palmer, fantasy owners should not.

Palmer has been out of football since last season. That is a lot of missed practices and games. It will take him time just to adjust to the speed of the NFL again. Even then, Palmer tied a career high in interceptions last season.

He is not the player he once was and it will be difficult to master the playbook with such a late start. While Palmer could prove doubters wrong, I would wait until he actually hits the field before putting faith in him fantasy-wise.

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