By Steve Corkran
Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 at 8:42 am in Oakland Raiders.
As the Raiders near completion of a trade for quarterback Carson Palmer, here’s some important numbers to keep in mind:
62.9 — That is Palmer’s career completion percentage. He is a very accurate passer, especially on intermediate and deep throws. That has to be enticing to Raiders coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Al Saunders.
5/6 — Those are the rounds the Raiders hold draft picks in for the 2012 NFL draft. The first-rounder would go to the Bengals, the third-rounder was used to get quarterback Terrelle Pryor in the supplemental draft in August, the second-rounder was used to get third- and fourth-round picks from the Patriots in this year’s draft, and the fourth-rounder went to the Washington Redskins for quarterback Jason Campbell.
The seventh-rounder went bye-bye in a trade for outside linebacker Aaron Curry last week.
On the bright side, the Raiders likely will receive one or more compensatory selection for losing free agents Nnamdi Asomugha, Zach Miller and Robert Gallery.
97 — Palmer has started 97 games during his eight-year NFL career — he sat out his rookie season, by the way. That is 27 starts more than Campbell.
32 — Palmer turns 32 in December, and he has absorbed a ton of hits during his career.
289 — That’s how many days it has been since Palmer played in a game of any kind. Therefore, it’s likely that Palmer will need some time before he is up to speed.
28 — The Raiders haven’t won a Super Bowl since the 1983 season. Hence, Jackson is making good on his oft-repeated mantra about “the time is now.”
If the Raiders win a Super Bowl with Palmer at quarterback, no one will remember how much Palmer cost to bring aboard.
86.9 — Palmer’s passer rating isn’t in the range of, say Drew Brees, Tom Brady or Peyton Manning, but he has a track record of stringing together impressive games.
Campbell’s passer rating is 82.8 during his NFL career. He posted an 84.5 for the Raiders last season and is at 84.2 this season.
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