Quarterback Carson Palmer has joined the Oakland Raiders just ahead of the National Football League trade deadline.
The Bengals obtained a first-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft and a choice in the 2013 draft in exchange for the 31-year-old quarterback.
If the Raiders win a playoff game this season, the 2013 pick would be a first-round selection. If not, it will be a second-round choice.
The Raiders, in early playoff contention at 4-2, needed a new signal caller after Jason Campbell suffered a broken collarbone and underwent surgery on Monday that will sideline him for at least six weeks.
That left Oakland’s only quarterbacks as rookie Terrelle Pryor and Kyle Boller, who last started in 2009.
Palmer had demanded a trade for months, saying he would retire if not given the chance to play for another club. The Bengals refused to make a deal, saying they considered him retired when he did not report.
But Oakland offered a deal the Bengals could not refuse, a move helped by the fact that the Bengals are also off to a 4-2 start thanks to rookie quarterback Andy Dalton filling in superbly in the absence of Palmer.
The Bengals have managed only two winning seasons in the past two decades while the Raiders have not reached the playoffs since 2002.
Palmer has not played since January 2 against Baltimore and had no pre-season training camp, but will be asked to step onto a new team and make an immediate impact.
Palmer suffered a left knee injury in a playoff game after the 2005 season and need major surgery. He tore an elbow ligament and tendon in his throwing arm in 2008 but returned to help the Bengals to a 2009 division title.