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Hue Jackson says he didn't make the Palmer trade

Posted on: January 16, 2012 2:00 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2012 6:33 am
Jackson's now denying he pulled the trigger on the Palmer trade. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Hue Jackson, it's widely believed, dug his own grave with the Raiders. His fiery end-of-season presser probably didn't endear him to new Oakland GM Reggie McKenzie. And neither did the midseason trade for Carson Palmer, which Jackson made the ultimate decision on.

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Or did he? Jackson, appearing on 95.7 The Fan in San Francisco, was asked if his role in the trade was unfairly portrayed in the media, and that he wasn't the guy who pulled trigger on bringing Palmer to Oakland.

"No it wasn’t," Jackson said, via "I did coach and recruit Carson in college, I was with him in Cincinnati, I do know Mike Brown because I did work there so naturally everybody is going to say it was Hue that did it. Well no, Hue was the person when it was all said and done that was able to get the sides together. The decision was made as an organization. I don’t make a decision to give away draft picks, I didn’t make a decision on how much money someone was going to make. That’s not my domain. I don’t do that.

"But no I’m not the only person. I was just a player involved in it because I knew the two parties and I knew how to get the two parties together to see if we could potentially do a deal."

We don't know how true this is. We just don't; maybe all Jackson did was get two groups of people in the same room (or on the same phone line) and grease the wheels.

But in the wake of the Raiders getting Palmer, Jackson did call it "probably the greatest trade in football." This clearly wasn't the case, because the 4-2 Raiders finished the season 8-8 and in third place in the AFC West.

The point being, though, that those aren't words coming from someone who simply brought two parties together. It was the sort of trade that, depending on how 2011 played out, might not sit well with a general manager.

Whether or not that was actually the case is now apparently a he-said/he-said sort of thing.

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Since: Feb 25, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 11:08 pm

Hue Jackson says he didn't make the Palmer trade

I like what I see so far and I believe that Reggie will bring consistancy to the Raider orginization. This is the 1st of many steps to get
there. I think Palmer will be just fine next season with complete OTA'S and camp. Once Reggie puts all of his personell in place the Raiders will start to show some consistancy that has been lacking for a long time. Al Davis was a pioneer of the league and things
have changed, Al just didnt catch up when he needed to ...R.I.P. Al.....the raiders will be relevant again.............RAIDER NATION!!!!!

Since: Jan 23, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:39 pm

Hue Jackson says he didn't make the Palmer trade

The season was drop-dead, flatline over when Jason Campbell went down. Period.  Yes, the Raiders got fleeced in the Palmer deal, but remember, David Garrard was the first name circulating and he was not physically ready to play this season.  Boller or Pryor, for-f*cking-get it.  Palmer proved to be the player everyone expected, a bunch of meaningless yards and no heart and alot of redzone ints.  With the injuries and free agency losses the Raiders endured this past season, this was a snakebit season all the way.  I would have liked to see Hue get another chance, he did turn DMC into a beast, get rid of Satele [the World's Weakest Samoan (tm)], put Wiz at center, Bruce at guard, and Barksdale at RT and start plowing over people!!!

Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:24 pm

Hue Jackson says he didn't make the Palmer trade


If you are going to be the point person of any deal you must learn to expect praise or criticism if things go sideways.  Did Hue make this deal????It looks like we will find out down the road.  My only issue is being a man and accept responsibility.  You were out front when the trade took place.  You thought this may push the Silver and Black over the edge to playoff contention.  Don’t back off since you were fired or the deal went back.  Bottom line is this....Bengals got an awesome deal.  Raiders are in a wait till next year mode.  Palmer was a big bust this year.....2 first round draft picks....WOW....Mike Brown is alive after all.  He actually helped the city and his franchise.  Good for them.  Problem is still the same with the Raiders.....No discipline, no structure, no commitment to excellence.  How do you continually lead the league in penalties and say your organization is committed to excellence?  It’s a fallacy.  I do like the Raiders but come on.  Tennis outfit Al has passed.  Please step up and show that the organization knows how to truly compete

Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:10 pm

Hue Jackson says he didn't make the Palmer trade

I have to disagree. The Raiders got fleeced, dreaming of the playoffs. Carson Palmer is no longer the player he was before that Pittsburgh lineman Van Oelhoffen dove at his knee dutin a playoff game. (2007 I think).

Since: Feb 18, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 9:00 pm

Hue Jackson says he didn't make the Palmer trade

Palmer played fine considering he was thrown into the fire right away. I love the fact the Bengals got so much in return for him. I would have been satisfied letting him retire. But Palmer was not the reason the Raiders went from 4-2 to 8-6. The early season record was a mirage and the Raiders defense got exposed down the stretch. I expect Palmer to have a huge season next year.

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2012 8:40 pm

Hue Jackson says he didn't make the Palmer trade

OK, OJ, if Carson did not fit, you must acquit.

Since: Apr 11, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2012 8:37 pm

Hue Jackson says he didn't make the Palmer trade

It's not often the Bungles can say we got one over another franchise but the Palmer trade day was one of them.

Terrible trade for a player three-years past his best.

At least you gave Housh another shot too.

Look on the bright side, there's plenty ex-Bengals players still out there. 

Since: Sep 15, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2012 8:27 pm

Hue Jackson says he didn't make the Palmer trade

      WHY is Hue running from this trade situation like an ex wife with a subpena?  This was a good deal.

Carson Palmer is a pro-bowl caliber player, a PROVEN player, and with your Starter and backup on the shelf, that pig's gettin' prettier and prettier.

All it has costs are 2 years of overpaid draft picks.  And you have the luxury of knowing that YOUR picks can PLAY

So I say this to Hue, "Not only accept responsibility, EMBRACE IT" What do you have to lose NOW?  You had to pick up a quaterback  from 

somewhere, Why not use the resourses available to you. Perhapse time will tell if this was a bad deal or good for the Raiders, but getting you out of a

bad place in a hurry is exactly what you went looking for when you got Carson. You DID find the best talent on the market at the time. IF the team

doesn't quit on ITSELF, you win the division, move into the playoffs and possible have a job today (and Killing the Tebow hype machine all at the

same time)      

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2012 8:24 pm

Hue Jackson says he didn't make the Palmer trade

You know Hue was going to bow out of that accusation in a not so graceful manner. In the pass the buck society we live in, no one takes the blame for any wrongdoings or mistakes anywhere. Why would anyone want to, Hue was basking in the warmth of the limelight with his 4-2 record. The Raiders have been terrible for so long, when you finally turn the losers into winners, bask in the glow baby.
  Besides, what he should have done was wash his hands completely of the deal and put the blame solely on Big Al Davis. As we all know, dead men tell no tales!

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2012 7:47 pm

Hue Jackson says he didn't make the Palmer trade

Typical crap from the worst run franchise in NFL history.

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